Myristica ovicarpa

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Myristica ovicarpa


Tree 25 m. Leaves membranous, (elliptic-)oblong, 6-10.5 by 2.5-4 cm, base broadly attenuate, apex subacute or acute-acuminate; Inflorescences (from infructescence): Male and female flowers not seen. Fruits (apparently of mature size, but seeds not yet fully developed, i.e. shrunken within the aril): axillary to a lower leaf, solitary, ovoid-ellipsoid, 7 by 5 cm, apex and base rounded, glabrous, except for some minute appressed brownish hairs less than 0.1 mm (hence ovary minutely pubescent) towards the insertion of the fruiting pedicel;


Asia-Tropical, E Papua New Guinea present, Rossel I.: Mt Dom, Pambwa present
Malesia: E Papua New Guinea (Rossel I.: Mt Dom, Pambwa); known only from the type.


This species can be distinguished from other small-leaved Myristicas in the area by the glabrous nature of all parts, the many-nerved leaves, and the large short-stiped glabrescent fruits with very thick pericarp.