Leea indica—Bandicoot Berry —LeeaceaeLEEACEAE

Leea indica

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Habitat— Grows in disturbed Lowland and Upland Rainforest.

Distribution— Occurs in the Cape York Peninsula, North East Queensland and south to coastal central Queensland. Altitudes range from sea level to 300 m. Also occurs in the Torres Strait to Mackay district also the Northern Territory and Asia.

Description— A large soft–wooded shrub of open form, growing to a height of about 6 meters.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour

Leaves.— Compound, tripinnate, toothed, true terminal leaf present, terminal leaflets on leaf rachis and pinnae, leaflets alternate up to 1 meter in length and arranged spirally. Leaflet blades 6 to 21 by 1.5 to 9 cm, stalk of terminal leaflet much longer than those of the lateral leaflets; leaflets with conspicuous lateral veins curved and forming distinct loop just inside the blade margin giving a quilted appearance. Compound leaf axis swollen at its junction with the secondary axes, leaflet stalks and compound leaf axes grooved on under surface.

Leea indica
Leea indica

Inflorescence.—The clusters of small greenish to whitish flowers are arranged in large flat–toped cymes about 35 cm wide.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer

Fruit.—Globular berries arranged in large flat–toped clusters that persist for many months. They turn from green to red and finally a deep brownish–purple to black and contain two to six dark seeds.

Ripe.—Late Autumn to Winter.