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This species is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea.


Coode, M.J.E. (2019). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana: the Oreocarpus group in Malesia. Kew Bulletin 74: 35.

Morphology General Habit
Treelets to 5 m tall
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged; petioles 0.5 – 1.8 cm long, 1 mm thick, glabrous, shallowly grooved in apical third above, distinct from leaf-base, somewhat to obviously swollen at apex; blades coriaceous, elliptic to obovate-elliptic, 2.6 – 2.7 × as long as wide, (7.5 –) 12.5 – 14.5 × (3 –) 4.5 – 5.5 cm, probably acuminate (leaf tips damaged), acute to obtuse at apex (70 – 90°), narrowly cuneate to cuneate at base, dull or slightly glossy above, glabrous, with (7 –) 9 – 10 pairs of main lateral veins at 60 – 70° to midrib, midrib strongly prominent and main lateral veins somewhat prominent beneath, ± entire to weakly serrate-undulate
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules caducous (none seen)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 38, inserted partly on disk surface or between lobes; filaments straight or somewhat incurved, 3.5 – 4.2 mm long, thickest just above base, sparsely short-hairy; anthers 4.5 – 8 mm long, ascending-hairy, inner tooth rounded, without awn or setae, outer tooth clearly much longer than inner and terminating in a slender awn 2 – 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals c. 22 × 3 mm, sparsely adpressed-hairy outside at least towards the tip, short-sericeous inside but glabrous towards base and obviously keeled at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals thick-membranous, just translucent, narrow obovate to oblong, ± parallel-sided to base, 27 (– 30 fide Schlechter) mm long, 5 mm wide at widest point of limb, rounded to truncate at apex and divided into c. 24 apical divisions unequal in length and grouped into lobes, lobes 3 – 5 in number, 4 – 5 mm long, divisions themselves narrow, linear, 4.5 – 6 mm long, petals glabrous except for a few straight hairs in lower third outside, margins with obvious retrorse hairs especially in lower half, obviously retrorse-hairy inside especially on keel with some glabrous areas between keel and margins, keel single and very prominent inside, petals somewhat infolded to ± flat at midpoint, strongly 2-pocketed at base, the margins strongly infolded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk annular with 10 rounded teeth, 0.8 – 1 mm high, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary placed above the disk, clearly narrowed at base, 2.5 mm long, glabrous, 2-locular; ovules 8 – 10 per loculus; style tapering to a point, 25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit unknown but likely to be similar to those of Elaeocarpus culminicola.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes borne well behind leaves, at least 2 cm distant (from Weibel’s illustration), 7 – 9 cm long (but Weibel wondered whether they are complete), axis with sparse, short, straight, adpressed hairs, 8 – 16-flowered (from scars), scattered throughout raceme nearly to base, flowers bisexual, 5-merous; bracts early caducous (none seen), bracteoles on pedicels absent; pedicels 8 – 16 mm long; buds narrowly conical, acute and acuminate at apex
Morphology Twigs
Twigs 1 – 2 mm thick on current growth, glabrous; terminal buds non-resinous
Schlechter had intended to describe this species in an issue of Nova Guinea which never appeared; his notes barely validate the name so Weibel confirmed it. Schlechter’s initial observation, repeated by Smith (1944), that Elaeocarpus sterrophyllus has a 5-locular ovary, is wrong; it has a 2-locular ovary and thus Schlechter (1916) was correct in assigning the species to this group despite what he thought was a discordant character.
[West Papua, Jayapura] ‘Auf dem Ostabhange des Cyclopen-Gebirges’, 1800 m, fl. June 1911, Gjellerup 548 (holotype B†; isotype BO!).

Native to:

New Guinea

Elaeocarpus sterrophyilus Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 54: 128 (1916)

Accepted by

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


Kew Bulletin

  • Baker, E. G. (1923). Dr. H.O. Forbes’s New Guinea Plants. J. Bot. 61 (Suppl.: 6).
  • Coode, M. J. E. (1978). A conspectus of Elaeocarpaceae in Papuasia. Brunonia 1(2): 131 – 302.
  • Coode, M. J. E. (1981). Elaeocarpaceae. In: E. E. Henty (ed.), Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea, Vol. II. Melbourne University Press.
  • Coode, M. J. E. (1984). Elaeocarpus in Australia and New Zealand. Kew Bull. 39: 509 – 586.
  • Crayn, D. M., Rosetto, M. & Maynard, D. J. (2006). Molecular phylogeny and dating reveals an Oligo-Miocene radiation of dry-adapted shrubs (former Tremandraceae) from rain-forest tree progenitors (Elaeocarpaceae) in Australia. Amer. J. Bot. 93: 1328 – 1342.
  • Elmer, A. D. E. (1911). Additional species of Elaeocarpus. Leafl. Philipp. Bot. 4: 1171 – 1190.
  • Elmer, A. D. E. (1919). New woody plants from Mount Maquiling. Leafl. Philipp. Bot. 8: 3069 – 3105.
  • Knuth, R. (1940). Elaeocarpaceae novae. Decades 3 – 4. Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 48: 72 – 79.
  • Merrill, E. D. (1905). New or noteworthy Philippine plants III. Publ. Bur. Sci. Gov. Lab. 29: 5 – 62.
  • Merrill, E. D. (1952). Reductions in Elaeocarpus. Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 62: 49 – 56.
  • Pulle, A. A. (1912). Résultats de l’Expédition scientifique Néerlandaise à la Nouvelle-Guinée en 1907 et 1909; Elaeocarpaceae. Nova Guinea, Bot. 8 (1911): 661 – 662.
  • Schlechter, R. (1916). Die Elaeocarpaceen Papuasiens. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 54: 92 – 155.
  • Smith, A. C. (1944). Studies of Papuasian plants VI. Elaeocarpus L. J. Arnold Arbor. 25: 222 – 270.
  • Warburg, O. (1893). Bergpflanze aus Kaiser-Wilhelmsland. Bot. Jarhb. Syst. 16: 1 – 32.
  • Warburg, O. (1894). Plantae Hellwigianae. Beitrage zur Flora von Kaiser Wilhelmsland. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 18: 184 – 212.
  • Weibel, R. (1968). Morphologie de l’embryon et de la graine des Elaeocarpus. Candollea 23: 101 – 108.
  • Weibel, R. (1984). Réhabilitation de deux espèces d’Elaeocarpus, E. sterrophyllus Schlechter et E. filiformi-dentatus Knuth. Candollea 39: 281 – 286.
  • White, C. T. (1919). Contributions to the Queensland Flora. Dept. Agric. Brisbane. Bot. Bull. 21: 3.
  • White, C. T. (1933). Nomenclatural notes on some Australian and Philippine Islands Plants. Bull. Misc. Inform., Kew 1933(1): 45 – 46.

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