Myristica conspersa

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Myristica conspersa


Tree 20-35 m. Leaves (thinly) chartaceous, (elliptic-)oblong or oblong-lanceolate, 5-10 by 2-2.5(-3) cm, base attenuate or cuneate, apex subacute or blunt, or narrowly rounded; Inflorescences among the leaves or below, of the Knema-type: Fruits solitary, subsessile, ellipsoid(-fusiform), (2-)2.5 by 1.4 mm, apex acute with minute pointed style-remnant, base contracted into 3 mm long pseudostalk, hairs scurfy, rust-brown, 0.1 mm or less;


Asia-Tropical, Bird's Head present, Papua Barat present
Malesia: Papua Barat (Bird's Head).


2 Myristica conspersa seems closely related to M. arfakensis, from the same area, both having small male flowers with a similar androecium; >the latter differs in its stalked inflorescences, slightly larger fruit, and dotted (not dashed) lower leaf surface. Myristica conspersa has the faint, closely set lateral nerves in common with M. lancifolia.

Myristica scripta, occurring in most of New Guinea (except Bird's Head), is another closely related species; it differs in its generally stouter habit, leaves with acute apex and usually drying darker brown, generally larger flowers, and fruits lacking a pseudostalk; its flowers (incl. the androecium), however, are very similar.
1 The three known specimens of M. conspersa are heterogeneous, and provisionally placed here, also for convenience's sake. None of the three fit in any other known species, but when more material becomes available they may be found to represent more than one taxon. Brief notes on the specimens are given by De Wilde (1. c).