Cupaniopsis platycarpa

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Cupaniopsis platycarpa


Trees 12-33 m high, dbh 15-55 cm, bole slightly crooked, flanged to c. 5 m; Leaves (3-)4-6-jugate; Inflorescences axillary, 10-40 cm long, with long and short, or only short patent branches, laxly flowered; Sepals white to yellow, not persisting, outside appressed-hairy except rim, margin ciliolate and with small red glands, inside with some hairs at the base, outer about elliptic, 1.9-4.5 by 1.8-2.5 mm, scarious rim narrow, inner orbicular, 3.4-6.5 by 3-5 mm, scarious rim wide. Petals white or cream, elliptic or spathulate, not clawed, apically with few teeth to almost crenate, 2.5-4 by 1.3-2.5 mm, margin ciliate, but otherwise glabrous; Stamens 8, exserted; Ovary 2-celled, outside velutinous; Fruits dark yellow to golden brown, usually compressed, ellipsoid or more or less lens-shaped to obcordate, 4-8 by 4-6 cm, 2-celled, acuminate, stipe 10 mm long; Seeds ellipsoid, 3.5-4 by 2-3 cm, attached at ⅓ from the base of the cell, testa black;


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea (Irian Jaya present), Central Prov present, Jayapura Dist present, Morobe present, Papua New Guinea present, Vogelkop present
Malesia: Irian Jaya (Vogelkop and Jayapura Dist.); Papua New Guinea (Morobe and Central Prov).


Occasionally a vegetative bud is found terminating the inflorescence. The petal scales in Brass 29225 are divided to halfway. In Brass 13698 most inflorescences bear galls instead of flowers. The fruits of BW 7574 are empty.


Adema 1991 – In: Leiden Bot. Series: 155
Radlk. 1933 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98: 1196
Merr. & L.M. Perry 1940 – In: J. Arnold Arbor. 21: 520