Melicope elleryana—Pink Melicope, Pink-flowered Doughwood—RUTACEAE.

Melicope elleryana

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical rainforest and swamp forest. Often cultivated as an ornamental tree.

Distribution—North from the Clarence River in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Tree up to 25 m high, glabrous or sometimes with sparsely hairy leaflets and branchlets.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets and Great Lakes College-Forster Campus.

Leaves.— Compound, opposite, distinct oil dots, terminal leaf distinctly stalked but without a joint at the apex of the stalk, 3—foliolate; leaflets elliptic, ± ovate or obovate, 5.5 to 20 cm long, 3.5 to 8 cm wide, apex abruptly acuminate or obtuse, base cuneate or sometimes slightly asymmetric, ± sparsely hairy, oil dots numerous but small; petiole 2.5 to 11 cm long; lateral petiolules 1 to 6 mm long, terminal petiolule 2 to 10 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Panicles up to 5 cm long. Sepals 1 to 1.5 mm long. Petals 5 to 6 mm long, pink, pubescent inside. Stamens 4, longer than the petals

Flowering.—Summer to Early Autumn.

Fruit—Cocci ovoid, 7 to 8 mm long, grey to brown; seeds shiny, black

Ripe.—Late Spring.

Melicope elleryana