Myristica laevis

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Myristica laevis


Tree 4-20 m. Leaves thinly chartaceous, lanceolate, 9-22 by 2-4.5 cm, base cuneate or (sub)rounded, apex acute(-acuminate) or ± blunt; Inflorescences between the leaves and below, pedunculate, ending in a subumbel of flowers (but brachyblast absent); Fruits single or up to 3, subglobose or ellipsoid, (3.6-)4-5.5 cm long, hairs brown, scurfy, 0.1-0.2 mm;


Asia-Tropical, E Philippines present
Malesia: E Philippines, with two subspecies.


Myristica laevis is distinguishable from all other Philippine Myristica species by the glabrous, lanceolate, faintly but many-nerved leaves, large ± coriaceous male flowers with almost sessile synandrium, and fruits with thick pericarp. Dry leaves are exceedingly brittle. With M. umbellata it has the distinct papillose lower leaf surface and the pedunculate, somewhat umbellate non-branched inflorescences in common.