Myristica fissurata

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Myristica fissurata


Tree 25-50 m. Leaves thinly coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, 25-45 by 8-12 cm, base narrowly rounded to cuneate, apex short acute(-acuminate); Inflorescences between the leaves, with shaggy woolly hairs, 1 mm; Fruits solitary on short infructescences 0.5-1 cm long, broadly ellipsoid, 6.5-7 by 5 cm, hairs ± persistent, dense, scurfy, 0.1-0.2 mm, in immature fruits somewhat longer, 0.5(-l) mm (breaking off at maturity?);


Asia-Tropical, Bacan: Mt Tuara, near Amasing Kali present, N Moluccas present
Malesia: N Moluccas (Bacan: Mt Tuara, near Amasing Kali).


Myristica fissurata seems closest related to M. philippensis, which differs in having up to 50 mm long pedunculate male inflorescences lacking brachyblasts, a less fleshy male perianth, a faintly triangular synandrium, and vegetatively in lacking the cracked bark of the twigs.


W.J. de Wilde 1997 – In: Blumea. p 166