Paramyristica sepicana

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Paramyristica sepicana

Description

Tree 5-25 m. Leaves chartaceous, elliptic-oblong or oblong-oblanceolate, 21-45 by (5—)8—17 cm, base rather gradually cuneate, apex broadly acute with acute(-acuminate) or ± blunt tip; Inflorescences apically or below the leaves, compound; Fruits ovoid-ellipsoid, (4-)5-5.5 by 2.5(-3) cm, base rounded or truncate, apex narrowed, subacute, or somewhat uncinate, hairs woolly, rusty, 1-1.5 mm long;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, Papua New Guinea present, West and East Sepik Prov present
Malesia: Papua New Guinea (a restricted area in West and East Sepik Prov.).

Taxonomy

Paramyristica sepicana much resembles some species of Myristica from New Guinea. Because of its papillose leaf undersurface it would key out in the genus Myristica beside M. ornata. However, it does not at all resemble the latter in habit or in fruit. The present species seems rather more related to M. markgraviana, M. carrii, and M. hooglandii, all with a similar androecium and, indeed, in habit approaching the latter two species. For differences between Myristica and Paramyristica, see De Wilde (I.e.: 344-347).

Citation

Foreman 1978 – In: Handb. Fl. Papua New Guinea. p 209