Lepiderema pulchella— Fine-leaved Tuckeroo—SAPINDACEAE

Lepiderema pulchella

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Habitat—Grows in riverine rainforest, rare.

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

Description— Tree to 15 m high, branchlets, leaves and peduncles glabrous.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, entire, 7 to 15 cm long; leaflets 4 to 14, narrow–elliptic to lanceolate, ± falcate, 2.5 to 8 cm long, 10 to 25 mm wide, apex bluntly acuminate, base attenuate and asymmetric, margins undulate and entire (sometimes coarsely toothed on juveniles), both surfaces glabrous, upper surface light green and glossy; petiole 15 to 25 mm long, petiolules 1 to 3 mm long.

Lepiderema pulchella
Lepiderema pulchella

Inflorescence.—Panicles axillary, 5 to 10 cm long; pedicels 3 to 5 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Capsule globose to 3–lobed, 8 to 10 mm diam., shortly attenuate at base, brown; seeds dark brown, c. 5 mm long; aril basal, yellow.

Ripe.—December

Lepiderema pulchella