Alectryon subdentatus —Hard Alectryon—SAPINDACEAE

Alectryon subdentatus

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Habitat—In vine thickets and Dry Rainforest on the escarpment.

Distribution—North from Gloucester and west to Mount Kaputar National Park and Yallaroi areas in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree with branchlets densely to sparsely appressed-hairy.

Local occurrences

Forster Park and Marina, Waitui Falls and Wingham Brush

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 2 to 6, toothed, rachis—tip projecting beyond last leaflet. Leaves paripinnate, 5—12 cm long with the lowest leaflets smallest; leaflets 4—6 or occasionally 2, elliptic to obovate, mostly 1—8 cm long, 0.5—4 cm wide, apex obtuse to acute, margins toothed to almost entire, upper surface glabrous, lower surface usually sparsely hairy and subglaucous, reticulum prominent and raised when dry; petiole 5—20 mm long, petiolules 1—2 mm long.

Alectryon subdentatus
Alectryon subdentatus

Inflorescence.—Panicles 4—6 cm long. Petals absent.

Flowering.—March to May

Fruit—Capsule sessile, obcordate, 8—12 mm long, 12—20 mm wide, hairy; lobes 1 or 2, compressed, drying woody; seed black, aril red.

Ripe.—June to July

Alectryon subdentatus