Akania bidwillii —Turnipwood—AKANIACEAE

Akania bidwillii

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Habitat—Widespread but not usually common, in subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest on coast and coastal ranges.

Distribution— North from Camden Haven in new south Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tree to c. 12 m high; bark grey to dark brown, finely scaled and wrinkled.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, leaflets 8 to 31, margins regularly spinose-toothed, mostly paripinnate, to 75 cm long; lanceolate, 10–28 cm long, 2–4.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base obtuse to ± cordate, upper surface dark green and shiny, lower surface paler and dull; venation prominent, finely reticulate; petiole 10 to 15 cm long; petiolules swollen, 5 to 15 mm long; stipules subulate.

Inflorescence.— Panicles usually 8 to 15 cm long; pedicels 5–20 mm long. Flowers white or pink, fragrant. Calyx 3 to 4 mm long. Corolla 8 to 12 mm long, pubescent.

Flowering.— Spring

Fruit.— Capsule ± ovoid to pyriform; 20–30 mm long, dull-red; seeds 1 or 2, 10–12 mm long, yellow, hanging ± outside capsule on a thread at maturity.

Ripe.— Summer

Akania bidwillii