Herbarium Sheet Detail
NTBG Plant Name:
Artocarpus mariannensis 'Weang'
August 4, 1987
Nama Island - Upper Mortlocks. Urev.
Fruits oblong, symmetrical, lumpy. Dark green, pebbly with hard raised or pyramidal sections flattened on top. Very yellow flesh with large seeds. Leaves deeply dissected with 2-3 pairs of widely separated, narrow lobes with serrated margins. Dark, glossy, smooth blade with green veins. No to few hairs on upper veins. Many soft, appressed reddish hairs on lower veins. Tree ~ 15 m.
From Cultivated Plant:
Ethnobotany - Name means 'hand' or 'branched like coral', refers to the serrated, deeply dissected leaves. Also called Mwe serang, or Weang. Te mai keang in Gilberts. Informant: Loves Remit, Losap Municipal Office. Meifou are seedles types. Seeded breadfruit are known as Meias with two types: deeply incised leaves (Mei koeng) or entire (Mei chocho). There may be 1-2 types in these categories. Both are widely grown in the atolls. Not found in Lagoon islands. Trees are massive specimens often growing 15-20 ft. before branching with huge trunks and buttress roots, to heights of 60+ feet. They tend not to grow as massively in the Lagoon Islands.
Date of Last Update:
April 26, 2022
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