Mischocarpus lachnocarpus—Woolly Pear-fruit—SAPINDACEAE

Mischocarpus lachnocarpus

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Habitat— In cooler Subtropical Rainforest in the ranges north from Mullumbimby area, rare in N.S.W.

Distribution— North from Mullumbimby area in New South Wales and into Queensland. Rare in New South Wales.

Description— Shrub to tree to 20 m high; with rusty–brown hairs on growth, fruit, petioles and at least veins on the lower leaf surface.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 2, rarely some leaves with 4 leaflets; leaflets opposite and entire, 8–15 cm long; ± elliptic, 5 to 12 cm long, 2 to 6 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate with an apical bristle, base rounded to ± acute, margins entire, both surfaces glabrous except for veins on lower surface; domatia absent; petiole 10 to 20 mm long, petiolules 5 to 10 mm long.

Mischocarpus lachnocarpus
Mischocarpus lachnocarpus

Inflorescence.— Panicles axillary, clustered, 3 to 15 cm long.

Flowering.—Summer to early Autumn

Fruit.—Capsule ± obovoid, 3–angled when dried, 10 to 20 mm long, 5 to 15 mm diam., ± orange, densely hairy; stipe 3 to 5 mm long; aril purplish.

Ripe.—Late Autumn.

Mischocarpus lachnocarpus