Protium tenuifolium Engl.
Family: Burseraceae
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  
Functionally unisexual tree, to 18 m tall, to 27 cm dbh; outer bark thin, flaking in firm sheets, lenticellate; inner bark moderately thick, reddish; sap slowly forming viscid, cloudy droplets after slash, with strong, sweet aroma; stems glabrous, prominently brown-lenticellate. Leaves imparipinnate; petioles flattened above with sharp margins; petiolules thickened at both ends; leaflets 5-9 (13), mostly oblong to oblong-elliptic, acuminate with blunt acumen, acute to rounded at base, often +/- inequilateral, 10-20 (27) cm long, 5-9 (12) cm wide, glabrous except for minute papillae. Panicles axillary, near stem apex, the branches ferruginous; staminate inflorescences somewhat larger than pistillate (to 24 cm long); flowers 5-parted, sessile, 3.5-5 mm long; calyx to 2 mm long, cupulate, 5-lobed, minutely pubescent, the lobes acute; petals lanceolate, yellow-green, thickened medially on outside, ca 3 mm long, erect to somewhat spreading at anthesis; stamens 10, alternately long and short, the longest to 2 mm long, the shortest to 1.3 mm long, scarcely longer than the prominent, pubescent disk; ovary ovoid, densely pubescent; style short, the ovary and style together ca 2.7 mm long; stigma 5-lobed, persisting in fruit. Capsules drupaceous, bearing 1-5 pyrenes, ovoid to depressed-globose, with 4 or 5 lobes (rarely 2- or 3-lobed), mostly 2-3 cm diam, red at maturity, usually rounded at both ends, the carpels 4 or 5, each dehiscing by a single valve, the valve falling free to expose the white mesocarp surrounding pyrene; pyrenes black, l per carpel, 1-seeded, ovoid in face view, irregular in side view. Croat 11109, 14822. Small bees, possibly Trigona, have been seen visiting the flowers. The fruits are edible.
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Annette Aiello  
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ROLANDO PÉREZ  
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Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
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Nefertaris Daguerre  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
Annette Aiello  
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JOESPH WRIGHT  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PÉREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
Nefertaris Daguerre  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
Annette Aiello  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PÉREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
Steven Paton  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ  
Protium tenuifolium image
ROLANDO PEREZ