Canarium kaniense (PROSEA)

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Canarium kaniense Lauterb.

Protologue: Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 56: 322 (1920).


  • Canarium gawadaense Baker f. (1923).


Papua New Guinea.


The wood is reputed to be used as kedondong. The oily seeds are edible.


  • A medium-sized to fairly large tree up to 40 m tall, bole up to 75 cm in diameter, sometimes buttressed.
  • Stipules subpersistent, sometimes inserted on the petiole, elliptical to obovate with a dentate to slightly fimbriate margin; leaves with 7-11(-13) leaflets, leaflets with apex gradually to distinctly shortly to rather long-acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, with 9-15 pairs of secondary veins.
  • Inflorescence terminal and axillary, narrowly paniculate.
  • Flowers in glomerules, 7 mm long, stamens 6.
  • Fruit ovoid, triangular in cross-section, 50-60 mm × 30-40 mm, glabrous.

Two varieties have been distinguished. Var. globigerum Leenh. differs from var. kaniense by its globose fruits with 3-winged pyrenes. C. kaniense is found in forests at (25-)1000-2000 m altitude.

Selected sources

162, 342, 366.


M.S.M. Sosef (selection of species)

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