Planchonia

Family Lecythidaceae. Order Myrtales.

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

Complex hairs absent. Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum absent.

Leaves spiral; not scale-like; simple; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous to leathery; not gland-dotted; very asymmetric at the base, or symmetric at the base; not dissected; with small to large teeth on margin (slightly to obviously). Epidermis not waxy. Venation pinnate. Secondary veins open; prominent, or not prominent, but visible. Smallest veins not prominent, but visible, or not visible; net like to ladder like. Intramarginal vein present to 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 absent.

Inflorescences present; terminal; on an unbranched axis; specialized inflorescence units absent; numerous and persistent inflorescence bracts absent. Flowers bisexual; not stalked, or stalked; about 0.5 cm long or across, or to about 3 cm long or across; round; with male or female parts not raised on a column. Hypanthium absent. Disk present; the stamens outside the disk. Perianth present; with distinct calyx and corolla whorls. Sepals 4-6; partially joined; persistent in fruit; not growing any further after flowering. Epicalyx absent. Petals present; 4-6; all joined (base); not fleshy; deciduous; not stalked; entire. Stamens 100 (many); filaments present; joined (base); free of the perianth; all equal in size; polystemonous. Anthers 2 loculed; attached by the base; not awned; dehiscing by long slits. Ovary inferior. Carpels partially joined, by base; 2. Locules 2-4 (2 or 4). Styles solitary. Stigmas 1 lobed; distinctive; head shaped. Fruit capsular; non-fleshy; not multiple; splitting; not enclosed in, or sitting on, fleshy perianth parts; wingless. Seeds 1-15 per fruit; less than 5 mm; wingless; uniform in cross-section; aril absent; non-endospermic.

Rare trees; leaves ovate and toothed; stamens numerous; seeds 1-many in each of 1-4 locules. Taxon images: planchon.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.