Aleurites moluccana— Candle Nut—EUPHORBIACEAE.

Aleurites moluccana

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Habitat—Rainforest.

Distribution— Native of North Queensland, New Zealand, Polynesia to China and India. Planted as an ornamental in coastal areas; occasionally naturalized in New South Wales.

Description—Tree to 15 m high.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens and Great Lakes College-Forster Campus.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, ovate or sometimes palmately 3 to 5—lobed, 10 to 20 cm long, 8 to 15 cm wide, palmately 3 to 5—veined, pubescent with stellate hairs; petiole c. as long as lamina.

Aleurites moluccana
Aleurites moluccana

Inflorescence.—Petals c. 8 mm long, white, reddish on drying.

Flowering.—Summer.

Fruit.—5 to 6 cm diam., often with 3 or 4 ridges; 1 or 2—seeded.

Ripe.—Autumn.

Aleurites moluccana