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Chionanthus sp. Little Pine L.A. (B.Hyland 2520RFK)

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

Chionanthus sp. Little Pine L.A. (B.Hyland 2520RFK)

() : . Type: ?.

Synonyms

Linociera sp. Little Pine LA (BH 2520RFK), : (), Type: ?.

Stem

Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Bark pale. Blaze odour noticeable but difficult to describe, resembling apples (Pyrus malus) or iodoform. Blaze darkening on exposure.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 7-14 x 2.5-5.5 cm. Lateral veins inconspicuous, but forming loops inside the blade margin. Twig bark pale. Midrib raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade.

Flowers

Calyx lobes about 0.3-0.5 mm long. Petals about 2-3 x 0.7 mm. Ovules basal, ascending, two per locule.

Fruit

Fruits +/- globular to somewhat pyriform to globose, about 20-25 x 15-25 mm. Endocarp hard, longitudinally ribbed. Cotyledons cream.

Seedlings

Cataphylls about 3 or 4, quite small, first two alternate followed by a pair which are opposite or sub-opposite. First pair of true leaves elliptic, about 80-95 x 20-25 mm, midrib raised on the upper surface. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate to narrowly elliptical, apex acuminate, base cuneate to attenuate, glabrous. Lateral veins about 10-14 on each side of the midrib more obvious on the lower surface. Small dark glands (each in a depression) visible with a lens on both the upper and lower leaf blade surfaces. Stem clothed in lenticels.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Known only from a few collections in each area. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1000 m. Grows in well developed lowland and upland rain forest.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

587