Alectryon forsythii—Gorge Alectryon—SAPINDACEAE

Alectryon forsythii

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Habitat—In vine thickets and littoral and dry rainforest, in dry rocky gorges on the escarpment

Distribution— North from Nundle in New South Wales to Guy Fawkes River near Coffs Harbour, also near Currabubula.

Description—Bushy shrub or small tree with branchlets and peduncles pubescent to glabrescent.

Local occurrences

Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.—Compound, alternate, entire, lower surface pale often blue–green, paripinnate, 4 to 10 cm long; leaflets 2 or rarely 4, ± elliptic, 3 to 8 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, apex obtuse to shortly acuminate and apiculate, base attenuate, margins entire, upper surface dark green and glabrous, lower surface glabrous or sparsely hairy, reticulum prominent and raised when dry; petiole 1 to 4 cm long, petiolules 3 to 10 mm long.

Alectryon forsythii
Alectryon forsythii

Inflorescence.—Panicles 3 to 7 cm long. Petals absent.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Capsule compressed, mostly 2–lobed, 8 to 10 mm long, 15 to 20 mm wide, glabrous; seed black, aril red.

Ripe.—Autumn

Alectryon forsythii