Myristica chrysophylla

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Myristica chrysophylla


Tree 7-25(-30) m. Leaves chartaceous or (thinly) coriaceous, ovate-elliptic (rarely obovate-elliptic) to oblong-lanceolate, 10-32(-42) by 2.5—14(—18) cm, base shortly cuneate to narrowly or broadly rounded, or shallowly cordate, apex acute-acuminate; Inflorescences as in Knema: Fruits subsessile, solitary or 2 (or 3) together, subglobose or ovoid, 2-2.5 cm diameter, or ovoid-oblong, up to 4.5 cm, apex rounded or narrowed, hairs conspicuous, yellow-brown, dense, woolly, 2-4(-5) mm;


N Malesia present, Papua New Guinea present
IN Malesia a lowland species with two closely related subspecies in Papua New Guinea.


1 The inflorescences with (sub)sessile densely woolly flowers look like irregularly knobbly woolly clusters, somewhat of the same colour and general appearance as immature fruits. Possibly in connection with the dense and long hairiness of the ovary, the style (with stigma lobes) is distinct; in most species of Myristica the stigma lobes are (almost) sessile. 2 The two subspecies have adjoining geographical distributions, with a slight overlap in SE Morobe Province.


Foreman 1978 – In: Handb. Fl. Papua New Guinea. p 187
W.J. de Wilde 1995 – In: Blumea. p 270