Alectryon tomentosus —Hairy Bird's Eye, Bed-jacket—SAPINDACEAE

Alectryon tomentosus

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Habitat—In Dry and Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small tree with young growth, branchlets, leaves, peduncles and fruit brownish villous.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head Flora Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Wingham Brush

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 4 to 8, margins toothed, rachis—tip projecting beyond last leaflet. Leaves paripinnate, 7—20 cm long with basal leaflets much smaller than terminal ones; ovate-oblong to elliptic—oblong, mostly 3—12 cm long, 1—4 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base ± rounded, margins usually regularly toothed, upper surface glabrous or finely hairy, lower surface usually densely hairy; petiole 10—30 mm long, petiolules 1—2 mm long.

Alectryon tomentosus
Alectryon tomentosus

Inflorescence.—Panicles 10—14 cm long. Petals absent.

Flowering.—March to May

Fruit—Capsule sessile, 8 to 12 mm long, 6 to 20 mm wide; lobes 1 to 3 globose, hairy; seed black, aril red

Ripe.—May to July

Alectryon tomentosus