Elattostachys nervosa —Green Tamarind, Beetroot Tree—SAPINDACEAE

Elattostachys nervosa

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Habitat—In warmer rainforest.

Distribution—North from Paterson, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Tree to c. 12 m high; young growth shortly pubescent, soon glabrescent.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Dixon Property, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, toothed, leaflets 3 to 8, rachis tip projecting beyond last leaflet, mostly 10 to 20 cm long, rachis extended beyond last leaflet; leaflets usually alternate, 3 to 8, mostly narrowly ovate—oblong, 8 to 16 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, apex acuminate or acute, base obtuse or acute, margins regularly to obscurely toothed, both surfaces glabrous; secondary veins 12 to 18 pair; domatia absent; petiole 1.5 to 6 cm long, petiolules 2 to 6 mm long.

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Elattostachys nervosa

Inflorescence— 2.5 to 6 cm long. Petals c. 3 mm long.


Fruit—Capsule ± globose, c. 15 mm long, woody, pinkish red; seeds dark brown, aril red to purple


Elattostachys nervosa