Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia—Red Bopple Nut, Monkey Nut, Red Nut, Beef Nut, Rose Nut—PROTEACEAE

Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia

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Habitat— Grows in subtropical rainforest, often regenerates by suckering in disturbed sites.

Distribution— North from the Nambucca Valley, chiefly north of Lismore in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small tree to 10 m high; often with several unbranched stems rising from rootstock.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Compound, opposite, toothed, mostly 40 to 100 cm long, either deeply pinnatisect or pinnate with the rachis winged or often with upper lobes pinnatisect and lower pinnae distinct and the rachis winged; lobes or pinnae usually 15 to 25, 6 to 25 cm long and 2 to 6 cm wide, apex acute and ± pungent, margins prickly toothed, leathery, glabrous, venation prominent on both surfaces.

Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia
Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia

Inflorescence.—Rachis of conflorescence usually 15 to 35 cm long. Flowers heavily scented. Perianth 10 to 15 mm long, purplish brown. Gynoecium 16 to 18 mm long, purplish.

Flowering.—— Mostly winter but also spring

Fruit.— Ovoid, 2 to 4 cm long, indehiscent, fleshy, red.

Ripe.—Spring and Summer.

Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia