Myristica olivacea

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Myristica olivacea


Small undergrowth tree, 2.5-4.5 m. Leaves membranous, oblong-lanceolate, 10-30 by 2.5-7.5 cm, base attenuate, apex acute-acuminate or ± blunt; Inflorescences between the leaves, axillary or to 7 mm supra-axillary, ± paniculate, with slender peduncle, early glabrescent; Fruits single, oblong, 3-3.5 by 1-1.3 cm, top acute, base ± narrowed into 3-5 mm long pseudostalk, hairs scale-like, 0.1 mm;


Asia-Tropical, Central Prov present, Papua New Guinea present
Malesia: Papua New Guinea (Central Prov.); known from three collections.


2 The stomata on the lower leaf surface are deeply sunken in the surrounding tissue, which apparently is not papillose. 1 Myristica olivacea is close to M. cornutiflora from which it differs chiefly by its more slender habit. The twigs dry yellowish, the leaves conspicuously olivaceous-green. The flowers are similar to those of M. cornutiflora subsp. elegans, but differ in the persistent bracteole and longer androecium in proportion to the perianth. The leaves below apparently lack the small dark brown dashes and dots, but possibly the latter are represented as very small scattered points, only visible here and there (lens!).