Myristica elliptica

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Myristica elliptica


Tree 6-40 m. Leaves chartaceous, elliptic or oblong, 9-21 (-32) by 3—9(—12) cm, base narrowly rounded or acute, apex acute-acuminate; Inflorescences among the leaves, pedunculate, ± glabrescent, hairs (sparse) pale, appressed, 0.1 mm or less; Fruits 1 or 2, ovoid or ellipsoid(-oblong), 4.5-7.5 by (2-)2.5-4 cm, apex rounded or bluntly narrowed or somewhat beaked, base often narrowed into 4-12 mm long pseudostalk, early glabrescent, hairs 0.1 mm;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Philippines (Philippines present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Peninsular Thailand present
Peninsular Thailand; MalesiaPeninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, possibly also the Philippines


1A widespread species of peat swamp forest of W Malesia; not in Java. 3 Frequently a yellowish exudate of unknown origin has been found on dry specimens, especially on the fruits. 2 Sinclair (1. c.) included the varieties celebica and simiarum in this species, both here included in the related M. simiarum which differs mainly in its inflorescences terminally with perennial brachyblasts, not few-flowered clusters lasting but one season.


Seeds once reported as combustible, containing starch and fat.


Miq. 1861: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 383
W. J. de Wilde 1997 – In: Blumea: 164
Miq. 1860: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 156
Hook. f. & Thomson 2000 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak: 460
J. Sinclair 1958 – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 353
J. Sinclair 1968 – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 188
Miq. 1865 – In: Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat.: 48
King 1891: p. 295. – In: Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Cale.: pl. 113
Warb. 1897: Mon. Myrist: 435: t. 16
Miq. 1860: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 156
J.Sinclair 1968: p. 188. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: f. 12 G, H.