Knema pedicellata

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Knema pedicellata

Description

Tree 15-30 m. Leaves chartaceous, elliptic or oblong, (12-) 17-36 by (5—)7—13 cm, base shallowly cordate or subcuneate, apex acute(-acuminate); Inflorescences: Fruits 1-4 per infructescence, subglobose, somewhat broader than long, 2-3 by 2.5-2.8 cm, with dark brown hairs, 0.3-0.5 mm long;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Sabah present, Sarawak present)
Malesia: Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah).

Taxonomy

2 Most flowers have 4 or 5 perianth lobes; all other species of Knema have 3 perianth lobes. Sometimes there are 2 bracteoles. 1 Knema pedicellata resembles in habit K conferta and K. pubiflora, but is readily distinguishable by the rather stout twigs, broad chartaceous leaves, long flower pedicels, mammillate staminal disc, conspicuous disc at the base of the perianth, and broad subglobose fruits. All three species have typicallly reddish brown or blackish dots on the lower leaf surface. The male flowers have hairs 0.1-0.3 mm long, the only female flowers seen (S 34477) have hairs 0.2-0.5(-0.8) mm long.

Citation

W.J. de Wilde 2000 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. p 434