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Garcinia riparia

Family

Clusiaceae

Botanical Name

Garcinia riparia A.C.Sm.

Smith, A.C. (1941) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 22: 356. Type: British New Guinea: Western Division, Sturt Island, Lower Fly River, Brass 8154, Oct. 1936.

Stem

A small tree seldom exceeding 20 cm dbh.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 7-13 x 3-6.5 cm. Petioles produce a small amount of clear exudate. Latex canals on the underside of the leaf blade resemble veins but run at such an angle as to be incompatible with the normal veins.

Flowers

Petals +/- orbicular, about 4 mm diam. Stamens aggregated into one +/- globular mass in the male flower.

Fruit

Fruits patelliform to depressed globular, often laterally compressed, 20-25 x 35-50 mm. Calyx lobes four, persistent. Stigma persistent. Seeds about 10 x 7 mm.

Seedlings

At the tenth leaf stage: leaves obovate, apex acute, glabrous on both the upper and lower surfaces, undersurface with a network of fine almost parallel latex canals; small glands on the stem opposite the base of the petiole.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, known only from collections made at Bamaga and Iron Range, a sterile collection from Cape Melville extends the range into northern part of NEQ. Altitudinal range small, from sea level to about 100 m. Grows in well developed rain forest or gallery forest on river banks. Also occurs in New Guinea.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

774