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


Coode, M.J.E. 2010. laeocarpus for Flora Malesiana: new taxa and understanding in the Ganitrus group. Kew Bulletin 65: 355. DOI:

Conservation Status. Since I have seen only two ‘definite’ collections it must be treated as Data Deficient (DD).
Indonesia (West Papua)
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
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. Scientific Data 8: 215.

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