Mischocarpus ailae—Caldera Woolly Pear Fruit—SAPINDACEAE

Mischocarpus ailae

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Habitat—Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Nightcap and Koonyum Ranges near Mullumbimby to Mt Warning National Park and Springbrook and Surrounding areas in Queensland

Description—Small tree, 3 to 10 metres tall.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.—Compound, leaflets 2 or rarely 4; leaflets opposite, coriaceous, elliptic or oblong–ovate, 5.5 to 13 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, shiny, dark green above, paler below, slightly bullate, glabrous except for puberulent midrib and sometimes lateral veins above, pubscent below, dense along the midrib and lateral veins.

Mischocarpus ailae

Inflorescence.—Petals absent. Stamens eight. Disk annular, puberulous.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Fruits villous or velvety on the outer surface, about 1.3 to 2 cm long (including the stipe) by 0.6 to2 cm. Capsule subglabrous inside, sutures slightly villous.

Ripe.—Summer

Mischocarpus ailae