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This species is accepted, and its native range is Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Coode, M. (2007). Elaeocarpaceae for Flora Malesiana: New Information on Elaeocarpus from Borneo and Sulawesi. Kew Bulletin, 62(2), 329-331. Retrieved from

Data deficient.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 40 - 45, inserted between disk and ovary, persisting longer than both sepals and petals; filaments straight to somewhat incurved, 2 - 2.5 mm long, tapering from base to apex, glabrous; anthers minutely and fairly densely hairy, 2.5 - 4 mm long, with outer tooth slightly longer than inner, anther apex acute but without awn, beak or setae at tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals falling earlier than stamens, 9 - 9.5 x 3 - 3.5 mm, with fairly dense ± adpressed short soft hairs outside, glabrous inside and with low keel inside at base fading towards tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals thick-membranous, just translucent, obovate, appearing clawed due to infolding of margins, 7- 8 mm long, 3.5 - 4 mm wide at widest point of limb, rounded at apex, with 12-14 apical divisions unequal in length and sometimes grouped into c. 3 lobes, variably (narrow-) triangular and acute, 0.1 - 1 mm long, petals glabrous outside, margins ciliate to short hairy in lower half, obviously hairy inside ± throughout the lower half sometimes with glabrous areas between keel and margins, keel present inside as a fold but + flat at midpoint, weakly 2-pocketed at base, the margins only somewhat infolded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk annular, toothed, 0.4 mm high, sparsely short-hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovaries placed above the disk, clearly narrowed at base, 3 mm long, very minutely hairy (so indumentum could be missed), 2 locular; ovules 8 - 10 per loculus; style tapering to a point, 3 - 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes borne behind the leaves but condensed towards twig tips, 7.5 - 30 cm long, 20 - 40-flowered; flowers bisexual, 4-merous; bracts early caducous, narrow-triangular, hairy like the axes, 2 - 3 mm long, entire; bracteoles on pedicels absent; pedicels 6- 12 mm long in flower, 12- 15 mm long in fruit; buds ± ovoid, obtuse to acute at apex
The fruit of this collection has the characteristic crests described in Coode (1998: 87).
Sabah, Kinabalu area, Tenompok, 1500 m, 23 Feb. 1932, Clemens 28078 (isotypes BM! BO! K!).

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Elaeocarpus cristatus Coode appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 14, 1992 Clemens, J. [28078], Borneo K000708115 Unknown type material

First published in Kew Bull. 53: 88 (1998)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.


Kew Bulletin

  • — (1998). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana — notes, new taxa, names and combinations for Borneo. Kew Bull. 53:83-128.

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