Myristica

Family Myristicaceae. Order Magnoliales.

Large trees to small trees. Buttresses present, or absent; tall. Spines absent. Stilt roots present, or absent. Bark brown, black; not peeling in strips. Slash red, brown. Vertical stripes in the inner bark or wood absent. Odor absent. Exudate present; red; flowing, or spotty; not blackening on exposure to air. Terminal buds not enclosed by leaves.

Complex hairs present, or absent; disk-shaped. Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum absent.

Leaves two-ranked; not scale-like; simple; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous; gland-dotted, or not gland-dotted; symmetric at the base; not dissected; smooth margined. Epidermis waxy, or not waxy. Venation pinnate. Secondary veins open; prominent (sunken). Smallest veins prominent (sunken); net like (tight). Intramarginal vein absent. Stalk of blade less than a quarter the length of the blade; not winged; attached to base of leaf blade; not swollen. Stipules absent. Domatia absent. Basal glands absent. Hairs on mature leaf present, or absent; dense, or sparse.

Inflorescences present; axillary; the flowers from a single point on the stem, or on a branched axis; specialized inflorescence units absent; numerous and persistent inflorescence bracts absent. Flowers at least some flowers unisexual; with male and female flowers on the same plant, or with male and female flowers on different plants; stalked; with the parts barely visible to the eye, or about 0.5 cm long or across; round; with male or female parts not raised on a column. Hypanthium absent. Disk absent. Perianth present; with all whorls looking like tepals. Tepals 3. Stamens (6-)8-30(-100) (many); filaments present; joined; free of the perianth; all equal in size; diplostemonous, or triplostemonous, or polystemonous, or number of stamens not a multiple of the adjacent perianth whorl. Anthers 2 loculed; not awned; dehiscing by long slits. Ovary superior. Carpels solitary; 1. Locules 1. Styles solitary. Stigmas 1 lobed; not distinctive. Fruit follicular; fleshy; not multiple; splitting; not enclosed in, or sitting on, fleshy perianth parts; wingless. Seeds 1 per fruit; about 1 cm long, or much more than 1 cm long; wingless; with folds like marble, in cross- section; aril present (divided); endospermic.

Buttresses or stilt roots sometimes present; veins generally sunken above; tertiary veins forming a tight network; anthers adnate to column; aril divided to base. Taxon images: genmyris.gif


Cite this publication as: Jarvie, J.K. and Ermayanti (1996 onwards). `Tree Genera of Borneo - Descriptions and Illustrations' URL http://django.harvard.edu/users/jjarvie/Borneo.htm/.
Dallwitz (1980) and Dallwitz, Paine and Zurcher (1993) should also be cited.