Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech) (Annonaceae)

Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech)

A wonderful tree of coastal forest and rainforest. The leaves are somewhat papery and glossy on the uppersurface. On the undersurface, a distinctive feature may be seen whereby there are brown foveoles (patches of hairs) where the lateral veins meets the leaf midrib.

Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech)
Closeup of fruits

Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech)
Leaf underside. Note the conspicuous brown foveoles.

Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech)
Detail of foveoles


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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