Mischocarpus pyriformis subsp. pyriformis—Yellow Pear-fruit —SAPINDACEAE.

Mischocarpus pyriformis

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Habitat—In littoral, riverine and dry rainforest.

Distribution—North from Seal Rocks, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Tree to 18 m high; new growth finely pubescent.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Elizabeth Beach, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, sometimes opposite, leaflets 4 to 9, margins entire, apex bluntly pointed, rachis–tip projecting beyond last leaflet; elliptic to ovate—oblong, mostly 2 to 15 cm long and 2 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate to retuse, base obtuse to acute, margins entire, upper surface glabrous, lower surface with scattered hairs; reticulum raised and prominent on both surfaces, especially in dried leaves; domatia absent; petiole 2 to 9 cm long, petiolules 5 to 15 mm long, brown and with an obvious pulvinule.

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Mischocarpus pyriformis

Inflorescence—Cream, fragrant, small in a large terminal panicles with 5 small spoon-shaped petals.

Flowering.—February to March.

Fruit—Capsule pyriform to obovoid, 20 to 25 mm long, 6 to 8 mm diam., yellowish; stipe 10 to 12 mm long; aril orange.

Ripe.—November to December.

Mischocarpus pyriformis