Myristica fragrans Houtt.
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Small trees, to 10 m tall; branches slender, minutely pubescent, early glabrescent. Petiole 6-12 mm; leaf blade elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, 4-8 cm, nearly leathery, both surfaces glabrous, base broadly cuneate or nearly rounded, apex shortly acuminate; lateral veins 6-10 pairs. Male inflorescences 2.5-5 cm, glabrous, shortly peduncled, simple or forked, with 4-8 or more flowers on slender branches. Male flowers: pedicel 10-15 mm; bracteole caducous; perianth trigonous-ovoid, 5-7 mm, lobes 3(or 4), with minute tomentum outside; anthers 9-12; synandrium ca. 5 mm, column ca. 2 mm, sterile apex ca. 0.5 mm. Female inflorescences 1- or few flowered. Female flowers: pedicel 8-12 mm; bracteole inserted on base of perianth, leaving ringlike scar after abscission; perianth ca. 6 × 4 mm; ovary ellipsoid, with dense rusty pubescence; style extremely short; stigmas 2, minute. Fruiting pedicel 10-15 mm. Fruits 1 or 2, orange or yellow, pyriform or subglobose, 3.5-5 cm in diam. Seeds ellipsoid, 2-3 × ca. 2 cm; aril red, irregularly deeply lacerate; cotyledons short, curled, connate at base.

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    Myristica fragrans Houtt., Nat. Hist. 2: 333. 1774.

    Arboles. Hojas elípticas, 5–16 cm de largo y 2–6 cm de ancho, ápice acuminado, base cuneada, cartáceas, más claras en el envés, glabras excepto por unas escamas diminutas. Inflorescencia axilar, irregularmente umbelada, con 2–5 flores, pedúnculo a veces ligeramente bifurcado en el ápice; tépalos 4–7 mm de largo; anteras 4–10. Fruto elipsoide, 4–6 cm de largo y 3–4 cm de ancho; semilla cubierta por un arilo rojo y laciniado.

    Ocasionalmente cultivada, Zelaya; fl y fr ago; Medina 46; nativa del sureste de Asia. El género consta de ca 75 especies, todas de Asia tropical. "Nuez moscada".

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    Aromatic, dioecious, glabrate trees to 20 m. high, the older bark rather smooth and olivaceous, mottled with white, the younger branches often mottled with red. Leaves subcoriaceous, glabrous, lanceolate to ovate or obovate, apically acute to acuminate, basally acute, 6-12 cm. long, 3-6 cm. broad, with usually 6-11 pairs of secondary veins, the tertiary nerves obscure, not conspicuously perpendicular to the midrib, the petioles 5-15 mm. long, ca. 1 mm. broad. Staminate flowers 1 to few in dichotomous cymes; pedicels glabrous, 5-15 mm. long; bracts ca. 1 mm. long; perianth tardily 3-parted, 3-7 mm. long; anthers 12-30, 2-3 mm. long, dorsally co- herent to the column, the infra-antheral portion of the column 1-2 mm. long. Pistillate flowers solitary or rarely paired in the axils; pedicels glabrous, 5-15 mm. long; bracts ca. 1 mm. long; perianth accrescent, tardily 3-parted, the segments del- toid, the subsessile stigma obscurely 2-lobed. Fruit fleshy, ovoid to pyriform, the pericarp splitting longitudinally into 2 valves, 3-6 cm. long, 2.5-4.5 cm. broad; seed 1.5-4.5 cm. long, 1.0-2.5 cm. broad, the laciniate aril reddish.

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    Native to the Moluccas, widely cultivated in tropical America.

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