Endocomia virella

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Endocomia virella


Tree 8-20 m. Leaves membranous to thinly chartaceous, elliptic(-oblong), 8-20 by 3.5-8 cm, base cuneate, apex acute-acuminate; Inflorescences slender and lax, 5-15 by 1.5—8(—10) cm, few-flowered, peduncle 0.5-2.5 cm, glabrous or glabrescent, hairs sparse, greyish or pale brown, less than 0.1 mm, early caducous, bracts not seen. Flowers (male) in lax umbel-like clusters of 2-6 flowers, 5-20 mm spaced along the main branches of the inflorescence, the buds in one cluster usually in different stages of development; Fruits 1-4 in little-branched panicles 12-25 cm long, ellipsoid-obovoid to ellipsoid- oblong, (4.5-)5-7 by 2.5-3.5 cm, apex rounded, base subattenuate or with an up to 7 mm long narrowed part, glabrous, drying bright to dark brown, finely granulate;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Brunei present, Sabah present, Sarawak present), Beaufort Hill present
Malesia: Borneo (Sarawak: 4th Div.; Brunei; Sabah: Beaufort Hill).


Characterized by the minute indumentum, the rather small leaves drying green, the slender and lax inflorescences, the flowers which are in each cluster in different stages of development and greenish when mature, the long-stalked synandrium of only 3 or 4 anthers, and the large fruits drying brown. Specimens may resemble those of the Bornean subspecies of Endocomia macrocoma, but they dry brown and have smaller fruits.


W. J. de Wilde 2000 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak: 342