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This species is accepted, and its native range is Philippines (Mindanao: Mt. Apo).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Coode, M. (2007). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana: E. forbesii, a Philippine Species with Unusual Features, and Some Possible 'Associates'. Kew Bulletin, 62(2), 321-328. Retrieved from

This must also be presumed to be endangered if not already extinct
Morphology General Habit
Tree 18 m high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, loosely grouped towards twig tips; petioles 0.5 - 2 cm long, 1.5 - 2 mm wide, glabrous to somewhat hairy like the twigs, ± flat in apical third above and merging into decurrent leaf-base, slightly swollen or weakly geniculate at apex and base; blades coriaceous, mostly elliptic, sometimes oblong or obovate-elliptic, 2.5 -3.5 x as long as wide, 7 - 11.5 x 2 - 4 cm, short-acuminate or not, acute at apex (50 - 70?), narrowly cuneate to cuneate at base, mostly dull above when dry (Elmer's field note reported 'sublucid' in life), markedly glossy-silky above when young, glabrous beneath or sparsely adpressed-hairy, with 7 - 10 pairs of main lateral veins, fine venation network obscure above or slightly raised with areoles squarish; margins obviously serrate, serrations similar throughout the leaf-length or weaker in lower half, teeth 4 - 11 mm apart
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules: caducous, linear-subulate to narrow-triangular, c. 1 mm long, ± obscured by hairs, entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens: 15, inserted ± between disk and ovary; filaments straight or somewhat incurved, c. 2 mm long, not tapering, with a few hairs dorsally and some very short hairs near apex;
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
anthers minutely and sparsely hairy, 2.5 mm long, with outer tooth slightly to clearly longer than inner, attenuate at apex sometimes almost into a short ± beak, without setae at tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals: c. 8 x 1.5 - 2 mm, oblong, obviously hairy outside, glabrous in basal half but minutely puberulous in distal half inside, keel inside weakly or strongly developed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals: thick and opaque, narrow-obovate or oblong, parallel-sided towards base, 7 - 8 mm long (Elmer l.c. recorded 10 mm, perhaps in fresh flower?), 2 - 3 mm wide at widest point of limb, rounded at apex and divided into 17 - 22 laciniae (22 from Weibel mss-, the most I have seen is 18), divisions unequal in length and some grouped into pairs or weak lobes, present also down the sides to c. halfway, linear or narrow-triangular, 1 - 2 mm long, acute at tip, petals densely short-hairy to ± pilose outside at least as far up as sinus bases, margins densely hairy throughoutt, obviously hairy on keel and margins at least but with glabrous areas between, keel single, prominent and clearly swollen inside, petal infolded at midpoint and strongly 2-pocketed at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk: annular, toothed, 0.5 mm high, densely hairy above at least
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary: placed above the disk, densely short-hairy, 3-locular; ovules 6 per loculus; style tapering to a point, c. 7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit is needed to assess whether association with the two preceding taxa is justified. Fruit unknown
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes: amongst current leaves, 3 - 7 cm long, axis 1 mm thick and ± densely pubescent, 6- 11-flowered, flowers bisexual, 5-merous; bracts early caducous, narrow-obovate, slightly infolded, 5 - 6 mm long, densely hairy like the axis, entire (only one seen); bracteoles absent; pedicels 5 - 7 mm long; buds ovoid, acute
Morphology Twigs
Twigs: hairy at tip, sometimes persistently hairy behind current shoot growth (hairs dense, straight, adpressed or partly spreading), 1 - 2 mm thick towards the tip, with non-resinous, hairy terminal buds
Known only from the type
Philippines, Mindanao, Davao Distr, 'Mt Burebid', Todaya (Mt Apo), 1200 m, fl. Sept. 1909, Elmer 11837 (isotypes BP, E! GI K! L! U).

Native to:


Elaeocarpus burebidensis Elmer appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 1991 s.coll. [11837], Philippines K000708286 isotype

First published in Leafl. Philipp. Bot. 4: 1180 (1911)

Accepted by

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


Kew Bulletin

  • Coode, M. J. E. (1978). A conspectus of Elaeocarpaceae in Papuasia. Brunonia 1 (2): 131-302.
  • Elmer, A. D. E. (1911). Additional species of Elaeocarpus. Leafl. Philipp. Bot. 4: 1171 - 1190.
  • Knuth, R. (1940). Elaeocarpaceae novae. Decades 5-6. Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 49: 66 - 73.
  • Merrill, E. D. (1917). New Philippine shrubs and trees. Philip. J. Sci. Bot. 12: 263 - 303.
  • Merrill, E. D. (1918). New or noteworthy Philippine plants. Philip. J. Sci. Bot. 13: 1-66.
  • Merrill, E. D. (1951). Notes on Elaeocarpus Linnaeus. J. Arnold Arbor. 32: 157 - 200.
  • Schlechter, R. (1916). Die Elaeocarpaceen Papuasiens. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 54: 92 - 155.
  • Weibel, R. (1968). Morphologie de l'embryon et de la graine des Elaeocarpus. Candollea 23: 101 - 108.
  • — (2001a). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana — the E. stipularis complex, E. nitidus group & E. barbulatus. Kew Bull. 56: 513 - 565.
  • — (2001b). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana: the Verticellatae subgroup of the Monocera group and a new Philippines species. Kew Bull. 56: 885 - 901.

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