Aglaia subminutiflora

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Aglaia subminutiflora

Description

Small tree to 6(–15 m). Leaves 12–35 cm long, 11–34 cm wide; petiole 1–9 cm long, petiole, rachis and petiolules with few to densely covered with hairs and scales like those on the twigs. Inflorescence 5.5–17 cm long, to 14 cm wide, peduncle 1–25 cm long, peduncle, rachis and branches densely covered with stellate hairs and scales. Flowers 1–2 mm long and wide; subsessile or with a pedicel to 2 mm, the pedicel and calyx densely covered with pale orange-brown stellate hairs or scales. Staminal tube 1(–1.2) mm long, c. 1 mm wide, cup-shaped or obovoid, the aperture (0.4–)l mm across, en- tire or shallowly lobed, without hairs or with numerous pale yellow simple or stellate hairs inside; anthers 0.3–0.6 mm long, 0.3–0.5 mm wide, glabrous or with a few simple hairs, sometimes with tufts of simple white hairs at the apex, either inserted just inside the margin of the tube, protruding and pointing towards the centre of the flower or inserted about half way up the tube and just protruding, the staminal tube thickened below the anthers. Fruits 1.5–2.5 cm long, 1.2–2.7 cm wide, obovoid, brown, orange or yellow, with few to densely covered with scales on the outside.

Distribution

?Solomon Islands present, Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, New Ireland present
?Solomon Islands; Malesia: New Guinea, New Ireland

Taxonomy

Aglaia subminutiflora and A. cuspidate are similar to A. basiphylla A. Gray from Fiji. The latter species has a blunt leaflet apex and spreading veins. In all three species, the indumentum may consist of either hairs or scales or a mixture of scales and long-armed hairs.

Citation

Pannell 1992 – In: Kew Bull., Add. Ser. 266.