Arytera divaricata — Coogera, Rose Tamarind, Gap Axe—SAPINDACEAE

Arytera divaricata

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Habitat—In dry and subtropical rainforest, often common in littoral rainforest.North from Port Stephens. Trunk slightly flanged at base, bark grey, smooth, very thin. Branchlets dotted with pale lenticels.

Distribution—North from Port Stephens in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small to Medium tree to 30 m high, but commonly to 10 m high, young leaves ± bright pink; new growth finely pubescent

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Park and Marina, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Little Street, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tiona, Tonie's Gully and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 4 to 12, domatia present, without a true terminal leaflet, rachis shortly extended beyond last lateral leaflet. Leaves pinnate, 7 to 20 cm long; leaflets 4 to 8, elliptic to obovate, mostly 5 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 6 cm wide, apex short—acuminate to obtuse, base acute to obtuse, margins entire, glabrous or finely hairy on lower surface; small domatia usually present; petiole 2 to 5 cm long, petiolules 3 to 10 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Branched, 5 to 15 cm long; pedicels 3 to 5 mm long. Calyx 1.5 mm long. Petals 1.5 to 2.5 mm long.

Flowering.—November to April

Fruit—Capsule 1 to 3—lobed, yellow to brown; lobes divaricate, ovoid to globose, 10 to 15 mm long, 6 to 12 mm diam.; aril red.

Ripe.—June to October.

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