Pometia

Family Sapindaceae. Order Sapindales.

Large trees to small trees. Buttresses present; tall. Spines absent. Stilt roots absent. Bark not peeling in strips. Slash red. 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 absent. Stinging hairs absent. Mature twig indumentum present, or absent; dense, or sparse.

Leaves spiral; not scale-like; compound; pinnate; without a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite; all of the same type; not modified into spines; coriaceous, or paper-like; not gland-dotted; very asymmetric at the base, or symmetric at the base; not dissected; smooth margined, or with small to large teeth on margin. Epidermis not waxy. Venation pinnate. Secondary veins open; prominent. Smallest veins not prominent, but visible; ladder like. 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 present; free from one another; laterally placed; not encircling the twig; leafy; not fringed; large; persistent. Domatia present, or absent; pit-like; scattered along midrib, or scattered across lamina. Basal glands absent. Hairs on mature leaf present, or absent; dense, or sparse.

Inflorescences present; terminal, or axillary; on a branched axis; specialized inflorescence units absent; numerous and persistent inflorescence bracts present at the bottom of the inflorescence, or absent. Flowers at least some flowers unisexual; with male and female flowers on the same plant; 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 present; the stamens inside the disk. Perianth present; with distinct calyx and corolla whorls. Sepals 5; partially joined; not persistent in fruit; not growing any further after flowering. Epicalyx absent. Petals present, or absent; 5; free; not fleshy; deciduous; stalked; entire. Stamens 5-6; filaments present; free of each other; free of the perianth; all equal in size; isomerous; alternating with the sepals (when isomerous). Anthers 2 loculed; attached by the base; not awned; dehiscing by long slits. Ovary superior. Carpels joined; 2-3. Locules 2-3. Styles solitary. Stigmas 1 lobed; not distinctive. Fruit drupaceous; fleshy; not multiple; not splitting; not enclosed in, or sitting on, fleshy perianth parts; wingless. Seeds 1-3 per fruit; less than 5 mm, or about 1 cm long; wingless; uniform in cross-section; aril present; non-endospermic.

Young leaves flush red; bottom pair of leaflets small, sometimes appearing like big stipules; seeds surrounded by edible flesh. Taxon images: genpomet.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.