Flindersia pimenteliana—Maple Silkwood—RUTACEAE

Flindersia pimenteliana

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Habitat—Grows in well developed rainforest on a variety of sites but probably reaches its best development in upland and mountain rainforest.

Distribution— Occurs in North East Queensland, widespread throughout the area. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1300 m. Also occurs in New Guinea.

Description—Large Tree

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.—Compound, alternate with distinct well spaced out oil dots; leaflets 3 to 7, usually 5. Lateral leaflet blades about 3.5 to 16 by 1.3 to 6.5 cm. About 9 to 14 main lateral veins on each side of the midrib. First few pairs of leaves trifoliolate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades ovate, apex long–acuminate, base cuneate to attenuate and slightly unequal–sided, glabrous; stalk of the terminal leaflet much longer than those of the lateral leaflets; petiole and rhachis of compound leaf slightly winged.

Flindersia pimenteliana
Flindersia pimenteliana

Inflorescence.— Much branched panicle. Petals elliptic–oblong, about 2.5 to 4 mm long. Ovules 2 on each side of the placenta. Dark red.


Fruit.—Capsules about 5.5 to 11.5 cm long, outer surface muricate with relatively long excrescences. Seeds winged at both ends, radicle lateral. Segments of the fruit normally persisting on the ground beneath the tree.

Ripe.—Autumn to Winter