Rhodosphaera rhodanthema —Deep Yellow Wood, Yellow Cedar, Tulip Satinwood —ANACARDIACEAE

Rhodosphaera rhodanthema

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Habitat—Grows in dry rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Macleay River in northern New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Tree to 20 m high with brown to grey scaly bark; branchlets with reddish lenticels

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 4 to 12, domatia present, terminal leaf present, milky latex exuding from cut petioles. Mostly 8 to 20 cm long; leaflets 3 to 11, oblong-ovate to narrow-elliptic, 3 to 10 cm long, 10 to 25 mm wide, apex short-acuminate, base obtuse, asymmetric with midvein curved, both surfaces ± glabrous except for small red-brown hairy domatia on lower surface; petiole 3 to 8 cm long, petiolules 3 to 5 mm long.

Rhodosphaera rhodanthema
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Rhodosphaera rhodanthema

Inflorescence.—Panicles mostly 10 to 20 cm long; pedicels 1 to 2 mm long, bracteate. Sepals 1.8 to 2 mm long. Petals c. 3 mm long, pinkish red.

Flowering.—Spring; mainly September to October

Fruit—Drupe ± globose, 8 to 11 mm diam., glossy brown; clusters remain on the plant for many months

Ripe.—April to May but can persist till October.

Rhodosphaera rhodanthema