Archidendron lucyi

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Archidendron lucyi

Description

Much-branched shrub or tree, 2.4-8(-20) m high, bole to 13 m tall, to 60 cm in diameter. Branchlets terete, greenish, glabrous. Leaves: Stipules absent but stipular glands present. Inflorescences usually cauliflorous or ramiflorous, sometimes terminal, glabrous, consisting of pedunculate umbels aggregated into racemes or panicles to 30 cm long; Flowers pentamerous, bisexual or possibly also male or female. Stamens silky- white, 40-75 mm, tube exserted. Ovaries 2-6, glabrous. Seeds black or bluish-black with a whitish bloom, obovoid or ellipsoid, ± compressed, c. 10-16 by 8-10 mm.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Bismarck Archipelago (Bismarck Archipelago present); Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present, Australasia: Queensland (Queensland present), Ceram present, Kai Islands present, Solomon Islands present
Solomon Islands, Australia (Queensland); in Malesia: Moluccas (Ceram), Kai Islands, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago.

Taxonomy

A rather variable species. Specimens from New Britain have terminal inflorescences and subcarnose pods. Specimens formerly described as A. chrysocarpum have greenish-yellow pods. Because the variation seems to be in single characters only no subspecific categories have been proposed (cf. Nielsen 1982: 485).

Citation

De Wit 1942 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg. p 265
De Wit 1942 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg. p 270
F. Muell. 1984: p. 80. – In: Opera Bot. f. 49
Merr. & Perry 1942 – In: J. Arnold Arbor. 23. p 391
Baker f. 1952 – In: Reinwardtia. p 93
Nielsen 1982: p. 484. – In: Nordic J. Bot. f. 5
Hemsley 1952 – In: Reinwardtia. p 94
Mohlenbr. 1966: p. 695. – In: Webbia. f. 20
F. Muell. 1952 – In: Reinwardtia. p 86
Verdc. 1979: Manual New Guin. Legum. p 235
K. Schum. & Lauterb. 1952 – In: Reinwardtia. p 81
De Wit 1952 – In: Reinwardtia. p 82
Verdc. 1979: Manual New Guin. Legum: 242. f. 59
De Wit 1942 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg. p 271
De Wit 1942 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg. p 268
De Wit 1942 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg. p 270
Verdc. 1979: Manual New Guin. Legum. p 252
De Wit 1942 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg. p 271