Spiraeopsis fulva

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Spiraeopsis fulva


Tree to 34 m tall, bole 45 cm diameter. Leaves 1-2-jugate. Stipules orbicular or ovate-oblong, 7-17 by 7-10 mm, rounded at apex, entire, sessile, densely stellate-velutinous above and beneath. Inflorescence paniculate, up to c. 30 by 20 cm, subunits inserted at subdistal nodes; Flowers pedicellate, the pedicels 1-1.5 mm long. Sepals 0.8-1.1 by 0.6-0.8 mm, densely stellate-hirsute below. Petals obovate-oblong or oblanceolate, 1.1-1.2 by 0.2-0.7 mm. Stamens with filaments 1.2-1.8 mm long and anthers c. 0.3 by 0.4 by 0.2 mm. Ovary (3-)4-5-carpellate, 0.6-0.8 by 0.5-0.7 mm, densely stellate-hirsute, each cell with c. 10 ovules; Fruit with valves c. 4 by 1.2 mm, with several seeds. Seeds including wings c. 1.8 mm long, glabrous.


Asia-Tropical, New Guinea, from the Vogelkop to the SE peninsula present
Malesia: fairly widespread throughout New Guinea, from the Vogelkop to the SE peninsula.


1 The flowers are whitish cream to dull yellow with light brown pubescence, with a weak scent of honey (Jacobs 8604). The filaments are white, the anthers white to yellow, the ovary reddish, the styles white or purplish and the stigmas pinkish. Mature fruits are greenish brown or yellowish brown. Young leaves and shoots are tinged ochre or pale brown. 2. The leaves often dry reddish brown, pale brown or yellowish on the underside, while the upperside dries much darker. The venation is often rather distinctive, with fairly numerous straight, parallel secondary veins reaching unbranched almost to the margin.