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*Sindora supa Merr., Philipp. J. Sci. suppl. 198 (1906)

T: 10 collections from Luzon, Philippines, were cited, all n.v. Ding Hou, Fl. Males. ser. I, 12(2): 706 (1996) cited ‘Merrill 2611, Tayabas’, without stating it was a lectotype.

Tree to 15 m tall. Stem puberulous, glabrescent. Leaves: stipules leafy, 1 cm long, acute; petiole 16–25 mm long, with prominent, wrinkled base; rachis 6–7 cm long; leaflets 3 pairs, opposite, elliptic, 4–7.5 cm long, 2.7–4 cm wide, rounded to shallowly retuse, penninerved and reticulate between, coriaceous, glabrous except puberulous abaxial midrib. Panicle axillary or terminal, 10–15 cm long; rachis pubescent; bracts 4 mm long; pedicels 2 mm long, 2-bracteate. Receptacle of calyx short; lobes 4, thick, 1 cm long, tomentose outside with yellowish hairs and a few, short, pubescent prickles in upper half, densely hirsute inside. Petal as long as calyx, appressed-tomentose on lower margins. Stamens: two 2 cm long with anthers c. 3 mm long; remainder c. 1 cm long and probably not fertile; filaments hairy at base, glabrous above. Pistil c. 22 mm long; ovary and base of style densely hirsute; stigma slightly enlarged. Pod broadly ovate, woody, 4–5 cm long, covered with robust prickles to 5 mm long, rusty-pubescent, glabrescent. Seeds 4, ovate, black. 

Native to Tayabas Province, Luzon, Philippines. Possibly naturalised in northern Qld. Flowers Mar.–Apr.; fruits Apr. Map 187.

Qld: White’s farm, Mulgrave R., 20 Aug. 1969, L.Miller (BRI).

An important timber tree in the Philippines; oil from the timber is used in marine paint and varnish.

(A.S.George)

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 12 (1998), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia