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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. New Guinea.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[KBu]

Coode, M.J.E. 2010. laeocarpus for Flora Malesiana: new taxa and understanding in the Ganitrus group. Kew Bulletin 65: 355. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-010-9223-2

Conservation
Conservation Status. Since I have seen only two ‘definite’ collections it must be treated as Data Deficient (DD).
Distribution
Indonesia (West Papua)
Ecology
Border between heath forest and lowland hill forest.
Morphology General Habit
Trees 22 – 30 m high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged, loosely grouped towards twig tips; petioles 0.3 – 1 cm long, 1.8 – 3 mm wide, sharp-flanged from decurrent leaf midrib and margins, glabrous, rounded or flat in apical third above (sometimes margins raised to make a wide shallow channel), merging into decurrent leaf-base, not swollen at apex or base; blades chartaceous, elliptic (rarely obovate-elliptic or ± oblong), 2.4 – 3.4 × as long as wide, 10.5 – 14.5 × 3.5 – 5.5 cm, not acuminate, acute to obtuse at apex (70 – 90°), narrowly cuneate to cuneate at base (rarely broadly cuneate), very young leaves have some soft long silky-white hairs, very quickly lost, glabrous beneath when mature, with 13 – 19 pairs of main veins (difficult to distinguish main-veins from some well-developed lesser veins, especially in distal portion), fine venation network obscure above, midrib prominent or strongly so beneath, main laterals less so and breaking up ½ - ⅞ from midrib to margin (variable within a leaf), domatia sometimes present, sometimes represented by translucent patches on or a short distance from the midrib, sometimes with minute dark dots beneath, margins weakly serrate, teeth 1 – 2 mm apart, when young with hairpoints up to 1.2 mm long, ± adpressed to margins
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules caducous, minute, thick, triangular, with a few silvery straight hairs at base outside, 0.3 – 0.7 mm long, entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 50 – 57, inserted all over disk ring; filaments 0.3 – 0.6 mm long, slightly flattened dorsi-ventrally, with a few minute ascending hairs; anthers glabrous or minutely sparsely hairy, 1.8 – 2.3 mm long, outer tooth (slightly) longer than inner, acuminate, tipped with short setae
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals falling at about the same time as petals and stamens, 4.5 – 5 × 1.5 – 2 mm, ovate, rather long-acuminate, glabrous outside or with a few minute hairs present near tip, sparsely hairy inside or hairy at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals thick-membranous, the shape difficult to determine: obovate, oblong, or elliptic, narrowed in lower third but not constricted into a claw, 6 – 7 mm long, 1.6 – 2 mm wide at widest point of limb, rounded or truncate at apex, divided at apex into 4 – 8 very narrow and tapering acute apical divisions, divisions unequal in length and grouped into usually 3 lobes, 3.5 – 4.5 mm long, petals glabrous outside, margins densely short-hairy with silvery curly hairs throughout, glabrous inside or with a very few minute hairs in sinuses between laciniae, keel absent inside, ± flat at midpoint and at base, without any infolding of margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovaries ± sericeous, 6 – 8-locular; ovules 5 – 6 per loculus; style tapering to a point, 4.5 – 5 mm long, slender, tapering, apical ⅔ glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Disk annular, scarcely or not lobed or toothed, rim sometimes raised, with short silvery hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits mostly depressed-globose, greatest diameter 2.4 – 3 cm when dried; mesocarp 1.5 – 4 mm thick with few if any fibres near stone surface (observed on fallen fruit only); stones mostly depressed-globose, 2.2 – 2.8 × 2.5 – 2.9 cm, sutures on surface distinct throughout as grooves, beautifully and strongly sculptured within a smooth outline but with deep interconnecting arches and foramina; each loculus can produce a seed although usually some do not
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes behind the leaves, 4 – 6.5 cm long, axis with sparse, short, straight, hairs either adpressed or adpressed to spreading, 20 – 25-flowered, flowers bisexual, 5-merous; bracts early caducous, not seen; pedicels 6 – 12 mm long; buds ovoid, shortly constricted at apex
Morphology Twigs
Twigs glabrous, strongly flanged by decurrent midrib bases and to a lesser extent by petiole margins, 1.5 – 3 mm thick towards the tip (young twigs are sappy and shrink considerably on drying), buds hidden by infolded leaf-margins
Note
Notes. Abundant fruit-stones were found under Coode 8038, first spotted by my colleague Dr W. J. Baker. The stones are very characteristic and beautifully sculptured (Fig. 6K – M); they lie for some time under the tree, and have been found germinating there (or at least, with rootlets emerging and attaching the stone firmly to the soil; no plumule or cotyledon has been seen; attempts to transplant them failed).

Native to:

New Guinea

Elaeocarpus ornatus Coode appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 5, 1999 Coode, M.J.E. [8083], New Guinea K000708372
Coode, M.J.E. [8083], New Guinea K000708373

First published in Kew Bull. 65: 382 (2010 publ. 2011)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

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Kew Bulletin
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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