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


Coode, M. (2005). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana: E. crenulatus, E. myrtoides and E. amabilis from New Guinea, Reconsidered. Kew Bulletin, 60(2), 305-311. Retrieved from

Rather few collections, none recent: perhaps some cause for concern.
Papua New Guinea, Western Highlands and Eastern Highlands
Nothofagus forest, undergrowth of low mossy forest, alpine shrubbery; 2700 - 3320 m.
Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs 2 - 10 m
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petioles 0.2 - 0.7 cm long, mostly shallowly grooved above, merging into decurrent leaf-base, not swollen at apex or base; blades elliptic to obovate, (1.3 -) 1.7 - 2.9 x as long as wide (as in the typical subspecies, very variable, the larger leaves perhaps relatively narrower), (1.4-)1.9-4(-4.6) x 0.7- 1.8(- 2.1) cm, not acuminate, acute to broadly obtuse at apex (50 - 110'), rarely ± rounded, glabrous beneath when mature or with some fine adpressed indumentum, with 4- 7 pairs of main lateral veins (but difficult to count as they are so obscure), weakly serrate with at least 3 pairs of teeth, mostly 4 - 6, sometimes even 7 pairs in the distal 2/3
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules linear, slender, sinuous to curled, 1.5 - 4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or in 2 - 3- flowered inflorescences, axis hairy; pedicels 5 - 9 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens mostly 14, one count of 21 in Vink 16012
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 6.5 - 7 mm long, densely shortish- pubescent or hairs somewhat adpressed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals obovate, narrow obovate, or oblong, 6 - 7 x 1.8 - 3 mm, with (4-)5- 8 apical divisions (those from the Western Highlands have 7 - 10 divisions, those from the Eastern Highlands, 4 - 6 divisions)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary short- hairy, with mostly 4 ovules per loculus, one count of 6
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds with straight, broad embryos
Morphology Twigs
Twigs with fairly dense to dense, medium to long, straight somewhat to completely adpressed hairs
Brass 30188 shows an interesting feature: towards the end of one twig there is an axillary 4-flowered raceme, and further towards the apex two solitary flowers in the axils of successive leaves. The raceme, furthermore, has distinctive obovate toothed bracts each with a pair of 'stipules' very similar to the stipules on the young twigs. One specimen (LAE 59407 from the Star Mountains) resembles this subspecies in general appearance but has a glabrous ovary with c. 8 ovules/loculus; I have therefore determined it as Elaeocarpus habbemensis A. C. Sm. (despite its having smaller leaves than usual for that species), which belongs to the Coilopetalum group (with curved seeds). Elaeocarpus myrtoides never has >6 ovules/loculus. Weibel had determined NGF 34943 as 'E. sp. nov. in Sect. Coilopetalum' - he may have been right, but the flower buds of LAE 65015 (which he did not see), although very young, seem to show petals glabrous on the back, which is characteristic more of E. culminicola of sect. Oreocarpus.
Eastern Highlands [Chimbu], Mt Wilhelm E slopes, 3320 m, fi. & fr. 29 July 1959, Brass 30188 (holotypus K!; isotypi A, L, LAE).

Native to:

New Guinea

Elaeocarpus myrtoides subsp. vinkii Coode appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 31, 2004 Crayn, D.M. et al. [539], Papua New Guinea K000116102
Dec 10, 2003 Brass, L.J. [30188], Papua New Guinea K000708327 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 60: 307 (2005)

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.


Kew Bulletin

  • Coode, M. J. E. (1978). A conspectus of Elaeocarpaceae in Papuasia. Brunonia 1 (2): 131 - 302.
  • Kanehir, R. & Hatusima, S. (1942). The Kanehira- Hatusima 1940 collection of New Guinea Plants: Elaeocarpaceae. Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 56: 308 - 321.
  • Knuth, R. (1940). Elaeocarpaceae novae. Decades 3 - 4. Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 48: 72 - 79.
  • Smith, A. C. (1944). Studies of Papuasian plants VI. Elaeocarpus L. J. Arnold Arbor. 25: 222 - 270.
  • Weibel, R. (1968). Morphologie de l'embryon et de la graine des Elaeocarpus. Candollea 23: 101 - 108.
  • — (1981). Elaeocarpaceae. In: E. E. Henty (ed.), Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea, Vol. II. Melbourne University Press.
  • — (1984). Elaeocarpus in Australia and New Zealand. Kew Bull. 39: 509 - 586.
  • — (2001). Elaeocarpus for Flora Malesiana - the E. stipularis complex, E. nitidus group & E. barbulatus. Kew Bull. 56: 513 - 565.

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