Harpullia pendula— Tulipwood, Tulip Lancewood, Black Tulipwood, Mogun-mogun—SAPINDACEAE

Harpullia pendula

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Habitat—Grows in drier, more seasonal rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Bellinger River in New South Wales to North East Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 850 m.

Description— Tree to 12 m high, new growth finely pubescent with fawnish hairs.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens Taree, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Cofffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, leaflets 4 to 8, margins entire, apex bluntly pointed, rachis–tip projecting beyond last leaflet about 1.5-6 cm long; Leaves 10 to 30 cm long; leaflets mostly 4 to 8 or rarely more, elliptic to oblong—obovate, mostly 5 to 12 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex usually acuminate, base sometimes asymmetric, margins entire, lamina glabrous, green and shiny; petiole 2 to 5 cm long, petiolules 3 to 5 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Panicles 10 to 20 cm long, pedicels 5 to 10 mm long. Sepals not persistent in fruit. Calyx persistent, clothed in stellate hairs. Petals 6 to 8 mm long, greenish yellow.

Flowering.—December to January.

Fruit—Capsule 12 to 15 mm long, 20 to 30 mm wide, inflated, valves papery, yellow to reddish; seeds without an aril.

Ripe.—Summer.

Harpullia pendula