Archidendron grandiflorum—Pink Lace Flower—FABACEAE

Archidendron grandiflorum

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Habitat—Grows in Subtropical, Warm–temperate and Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Port Macquarie in New South Wales to Fraser Island and also north from Proserpine in Queensland.

Description—Small tree to 15 m high; trunk dark brown, ± fluted.

Local occurrences

Sea Acres National Park Port Macquarie

Leaves.—Compound, bipinnate or tripinnate, leaflets entire, terminal leaf absent, leaflets opposite. Leaves usually with 2 to 5 pairs of pinnae, rarely some leaves with only 1 pair; rachis 7 to 10 cm long; pinnules opposite, 2 to 4 pairs, ovate to lanceolate, 4 to 10 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, apex blunt, discolourous, both surfaces glabrous and glossy; stalked jugary glands present on primary and secondary rachises; petiole 2 to 6 cm long.

Archidendron grandiflorum
Archidendron grandiflorum

Inflorescence.—Heads often forming ± terminal panicles, 4 to 8–flowered, 6 to 10 cm diam. Calyx 8 to 10 mm long. Corolla 15 to 20 mm long. Stamens 30 to 50 mm long, crimson with white at the base.

Flowering.—September to March

Fruit.—Pod ± oblong, sometimes curved, 10 to 20 cm long, 20 to 25 mm wide, red inside; seeds commonly 6 mm long.

Ripe.— November to June

Archidendron grandiflorum