Myristica pilosigemma

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Myristica pilosigemma


Tree 12 m. Leaves chartaceous or thinly coriaceous, elliptic-oblong or oblong-lanceolate, 10-24 by 3-6 cm, base ± cuneate or (narrowly) rounded, apex acute(-acuminate), the very tip acute or ± blunt; Inflorescences minutely rusty pubescent, glabrescent, between the leaves, as in Knema\ in male: a simple subsessile (peduncle 1 mm or less), worm-like scar-covered brachyblast to 13 mm long, with a subumbel of 1-5 flowers, buds of various sizes; Fruits solitary, subsessile, ellipsoid, (3-)3.5 by 2.5-3 cm, hairs woolly, 0.5-1 mm;


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Mindanao present, Samar present
Malesia: Philippines (Samar, Mindanao).


2 Myristica pilosigemma has the whitish lower leaf surface with minute punctation caused by scars of fallen larger hairs in common with several species outside the Philippines, e.g. with M. impressa from Sulawesi. 1 Species of similar general habit in the Philippines are e. g. M. agusanensis and M. cumingii (with ± pedunculate inflorescences), but the present species differs in the more conspicuous indumentum (hairs to 1 mm long) of leaf bud and fruits.