Myristica scripta

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Myristica scripta

Description

Tree 4-30 m. Leaves thinly coriaceous (but brittle), ovate-elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, 6-17(-25) by 2.5-6(-9) cm, base short-attenuate or broadly rounded, apex ± blunt or short-acuminate, often with blunt tip; Inflorescences between the leaves and below, of the Knema-type: Fruits solitary or 2-5 in a cluster, ovoid, (broadly) ellipsoid, or subglobose, (1.5-) 2-2.5 by 1.5-2 cm, apex rounded or slightly narrowed, sometimes minutely beaked, hairs rusty, mealy, 0.1(-0.2) mm;

Distribution

Aru Is present, Asia-Tropical: Maluku (Maluku present), W, C, & E New Guinea present
Malesia: Moluccas (Aru Is., type variety);W, C, & E New Guinea. There are two varieties consisting of specimens with conspicuously different fruiting pedicels, but similar in vegetative and flower characters.

Taxonomy

Vegetatively M. scripta resembles M. lancifolia from the Moluccas and the western part of New Guinea in the similar leaves (same size and venation). Myristica scripta is readily distinguishable by the conspicuous dots on the lower leaf surface.

Citation

W.J. de Wilde 1997 – In: Blumea. p 183