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Crudia sp. Archer River (B.Hyland 3078RFK)

Family

Caesalpiniaceae

Botanical Name

Crudia sp. Archer River (B.Hyland 3078RFK)

() : . Type: ?.

Stem

Wood very hard and dense. Buttresses gradually tapering into the trunk.

Leaves

Leaflet blades about 4.5-8.5 x 1.5-4 cm, broadest towards the base, leaflet stalk about 3-5 mm long. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. Leaflet stalks transversely wrinkled. Stipules small and inconspicuous. Compound leaf axis often ending in a stout point as in some Sapindaceae.

Flowers

Flowers faintly but pleasantly perfumed, the odour resembling that of roses (Rosa sinensis?). Inflorescences terminal but often appearing axillary. Pedicels about 5 mm long. Peduncles about 5-15 mm long. Sepals about 3 mm long. Petals absent (rarely a small vestigial petal present). Stamens usually 10. Ovary densely clothed in white hairs. Ovules 1-3 in each ovary.

Fruit

Immature pods oblong, oblique, ca. 4 x 3 cm, woody, wrinkled, flaty, densely hairy with rust coloured hairs. Seeds not known.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Collections to date indicate this species is endemic to CYP, however, it may extend into New Guinea. Altitudinal range small, perhaps from 20-100 m. Grows in well developed gallery forest along creeks and rivers. This taxon appears to be close to C. blancoi.

CYP

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

742