Acronychia imperforata—Beach Acronychia —RUTACEAE

Acronychia imperforata

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Habitat.— In Littoral Rainforest usually behind dunes. Occasionally in Sub Tropical and Dry Rainforests

Distribution.— From Seal's Rocks in New South Wales to Northern Queensland

Description.— Shrub or small tree to 9m to 15m, usually bushy and compact, trunk to 30cm diameter. Bark smooth, thin and brown with numerous fine vertical and horizontal cracks

Local occurrences

Manning Point, Seal's Rocks.

Leaves.— 1—foliolate, opposite, entire and mostly with distinct oil dots. Lamina elliptic to broad—elliptic or obovate, 3—12.5 cm long, 1.6—5.5 cm wide, apex rounded to obtuse, notched, base cuneate to attenuate, oil dots absent or ± invisible, little or no scent when crushed; petiole 3—25 mm long.

Acronychia imperforata
Acronychia imperforata

Inflorescence—Usually few—flowered, 2.5—5 cm long. Sepals 1—1.5 mm long. Petals 6—9.5 mm long, glabrous outside, very sparsely hairy inside, yellowish or creamy—white.

Flowering.— February—April

Fruit.— More or less globose to obovoid, 7—12 mm diam., glabrous or with a few hairs at the apex, often with a very short apical point, yellow to yellow-orange.

Ripe.— August to December. The seeds are edible, reddish black in colour.

Acronychia imperforata