Arthrophyllum pacificum

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Arthrophyllum pacificum


A slender, glabrous tree to 14 m. Leaves multi-jugate, c. 60 by 24 cm; Inflorescence a whorl of specialized leafy branches forming a terminal crown to the vegetative shoots; Petals 5, broadly triangular, 2½-3 mm long. Stamens 5, anthers reniform. Ovary obconical, 1.5 mm long; Fruit ellipsoidal, fleshy, somewhat oblique, conical beak with calyx and stigma, c. 9 by 5 mm when dry.


Asia-Tropical: Bismarck Archipelago (Bismarck Archipelago present); Maluku (Maluku present), E. Malesia present, Morotai present
E. Malesia: Moluccas (Morotai) to the Bismarck Archipelago.


All specimens from islands to the north of New Guinea are similar, in having more delicate foliage than 10. A. macranthum from the mainland of New Guinea. The specimens from Morotai are sterile, and have narrower more tapering leaflets.
The bark is light brown and the cut branches exude a clear latex. The flowers are light green with yellow anthers, and the fruit is black.