Alectryon coriaceus—Beach Bird's Eye—SAPINDACEAE

Alectryon coriaceus

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Habitat—Common in Littoral Rainforest and hind dunes, often stunted in exposed sites.

Distribution—North from Port Stephens in New South Wales to Maryborough in Queensland.

Description—Bushy shrub or small tree to 11 meters. Trunk often fluted, flanged or irregular. Bark smooth, grey—brown, slightly furry near ends.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands and Tuncurry Dunes and Heath.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, entire, pinnate with usually two leaflets, undersurface of leaflets very pale grey or grey—green. Leaflets broad—elliptic to obovate, 4 to 12cm long, 2 to 7 cm wide, apex rounded or notched, base often rounded, upper surface glossy and hairless, lower surface pale grey—green and sometimes finely hairy.

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Inflorescence—Minute, yellowish in panicles of 5 to 20cm long; flower has 5 small rounded sepals, green with yellow hairs and 5 rounded petals to 1mm.


Fruit—A capsule rusty hairy, 6—12 mm long, 5—12 mm wide with usually 3 rounded green lobes, each with a glossy black seed partly enclosed by red aril.

Ripe.—March to July.

Alectryon coriaceus