Spiraeanthemum macgillivrayi subsp. kajewskii

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Spiraeanthemum macgillivrayi subsp. kajewskii


Shrub or slender tree up to 20 m with 10 m bole. Leaves with petiole (8-)15-30(-35) mm, the blade elliptic to oblong or ovate, (4.5-)6-13(-15) by 2-5 (-6.5) cm, the nerves (7-)10-14(-16) on either side of midrib; Stipules ovate-lanceolate, 8-14 by 4-5 mm, villose with adpressed hairs to 0.5 mm long beneath, glabrous above, rounded at apex. Inflorescence up to 15 by 10 cm, with up to c. 400 flowers; Flowers with pedicel 0.4-2.5 mm long, distinctly articulated, glabrous above articulation. Stamens in male flowers with filaments 1.8-2.8 mm long and anthers 0.2-0.35 by 0.4-0.5 by 0.15-0.2 mm. Ovary 2-5-, usually 4-carpellate; Fruit with fruitlets each 3-3.5 by 1-1.2 mm, each with 2 seeds. Seeds ovoid, c. 0.9 by 0.4 mm, the terminal wings 0.8 mm long.


Asia-Tropical, New Britain present, New Ireland present, Solomon Islands present, Vanuatu present
Solomon Islands and in Malesia: New Britain and New Ireland; subsp. macgillivrayi occurs in Vanuatu.


2. The venation is usually distinctive and characteristic, with each secondary vein branching into two towards the margin, and each of the two branches reaching the margin at adjacent sinuses, i.e. simple craspedodromous. 1 The buds are yellowish green and the flowers are white to yellow-cream, the perianth being light green or cream, the filaments and anthers, styles and stigmas white, the ovary light green and the pedicels pink. The scent is described as fresh or slightly musty.