Aspidostemon masoalense, Werff, 2006

Werff, Henk Van Der, 2006, A revision of the Malagasy endemic genus Aspidostemon Rohwer & Richter (Lauraceae), Adansonia (3) 28 (1), pp. 7-44 : 34

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Aspidostemon masoalense


19. Aspidostemon masoalense  

Van der Werff, sp. nov. ( Figs 7D View FIG ; 11C View FIG )

A congeneris floribus   staminibus tribus praeditis, gemmis terminalibus pubescentibus et inflorecentiis sparse puberulis distinguenda.

TYPUS. — Madagascar. Toamasina, Masoala Peninsula, trail to Ampanavoana , 15°36’S, 49°59’E, 130 m, 14.XII.1990, fl., Schatz & Modeste 3057 (holo-, GoogleMaps   MO; iso-, HBG, K, L, LE, NY, P, US, TAN).


Tree, 8 m. Twigs angular, glabrous; terminal buds densely pubescent. Leaves opposite, 9-14 × 3.5- 4.5 cm, glabrous, elliptic, the base acute, the apex obtuse, margin flat, reticulation immersed on both surfaces, lateral veins difficult to discern, 10-14, petioles 7-10 mm, canaliculate. Inflorescences 2- 3 cm long, sparsely puberulous, paniculate; pedicels 1 mm long. Flowers 2.5-3 mm in diam., glabrous, gradually narrowed in the pedicel, about as wide as long; tepals c. 1 mm long and wide; stamens 3, the tips flattened, locelli lateral; staminodia of whorl II stipitiform, reddish pubescent; staminodia of whorl III with flat, peltate apex, this glabrous, the columnar filament with reddish hairs; staminodia III free; pistil slender, glabrous; inside of the receptacle glabrous. Fruits unknown.


Distinctive for A. masaolense   is the combination of flowers with 3 stamens, stipitiform, pubescent staminodia II and staminodia III with peltate, free apices and pubescent base. Vegetatively, the leaves with obtuse apices and densely pubescent terminal buds allow easy identification. Aspidostemon masoalense   is only known from the type collection ( Fig. 12 View FIG ). No vernacular name has been recorded.


50-250 m.


Flowers: December.