Nageia vitiensis

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Nageia vitiensis


Tree, 12-43 m high, up to 50-130 cm diam. Bark smooth, peeling in thin plates. Leaves distichous, narrowed abruptly at the twisted base, broadly decurrent, linear-lanceolate to ovate, blunt, an indistinct rib marking the midvein on either surface, juvenile leaves up to 40 by 8 mm and consistently lanceolate, adult leaves 15-25 by 3-5 mm. Seed with its covering globular but elongated into a curved beak towards the micro-pylar end which lies close to the attachment of the seed to the fertile shoot, the other (distal) end with a small crest which may persist on the mature seed whose coat becomes deep red and fleshy when ripe. Seed itself blunt on the base, 13-16 mm long including the beak, 8-10 mm diam.


Asia-Tropical: Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present, Fiji Is present, Morotai present, New Britain present, Santa Cruz group present, Solomon Is present
Fiji Is., Solomon Is. (Santa Cruz group); in Malesia: throughout New Guinea (incl. New Britain) and the Moluccas (Morotai). .


In Fiji a valuable timber tree.


The stem is at the base sometimes recorded as fluted or spur-buttressed. HENTY (in sched.) found the leaves and bark aromatic.


GAUSSEN 1976: p. 38. – In: Gymn. Act. & Foss.: f. 747
TIEGH. 1891 – In: Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr.: 169
SEEM. 1863: p. 33. – In: J. Bot.: t. II
PILGER 1903 – In: Pfl. R.: 63
GRAY 1962 – In: J. Arn. Arb.: 72
PILGER 1926 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 13: 245
DE LAUB. 1967 – In: Blumea: 440
GIBBS 1909 – In: J. Linn. Soc. Bot.: 182
SEEM. 1868: Fl. Vitiensis: 266: t. 78
SEEM. 1912: p. 533. – In: Ann. Bot.: t. 49, f. 14-16, t. 50, f. 17-18, t. 53, f. 72-73
GAUSSEN 1976 – In: Gymn. Act. & Foss.: 40
DE LAUB. 1987 – In: Blumea: 210
WASSCHER 1941 – In: Blumea: 425
STILES 1912 – In: Ann. Bot.: 533