Mischarytera lautereriana—Corduroy Tamarind—SAPINDACEAE

Mischarytera lautereriana

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Habitat—Grows in well developed sub–tropical, upland and mountain rainforest.

Distribution— Endemic to Queensland, occurs in North East Queensland and southwards as far as south–eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in North East Queensland from 600 to 1200 m.

Description—Small to medium sized tree, all parts hairless.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.—Compound, Leaflets 10 to 20 (rarely to 24), Leaflets and leaves ± opposite, no true terminal leaf present, small domatia usually present. Narrow elliptic-oblong, 6 to 15 cm long, apex bluntly pointed, base narrowed into a pulvinule; margins wavy and with a few teeth towards the apex or occasionally entire, hairless; lateral veins numerous, prominent.

Mischarytera lautereriana
Mischarytera lautereriana

Inflorescence.—Flowers about 4 x 1.5 to 2 mm. Calyx lobes and petals about 1 mm long, petals clawed. Anther filaments hairy, about 2.5 mm long, anthers glabrous. Ovary sparsely hairy. White.

Flowering.—Autumn

Fruit.—A capsule, 2 or 3–lobed, 1 to 2.5 cm long, splitting irregularly or by valves; seeds black, with an orange, fleshy aril.

Ripe.—Summer

Mischarytera lautereriana