Mischocarpus australis—Red Pear-Fruit—SAPINDACEAE

Mischocarpus australis

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Habitat— In moist rainforest, often along streams.

Distribution— North from Newcastle in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Tree to 7 m high; glabrous except for finely pubescent inflorescences

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Cape Hawke, Karloo Street Reserve, Red Head, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Compound, opposite, leaflets 2 to 4, green on both surfaces; leaves 8 to 20 cm long; elliptic−oblong to ovate−oblong, mostly 5 to 12 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, apex acuminate to acute, base acute to obtuse, margins entire and ± undulate, upper surface dark green and glossy, lower surface paler and dull; reticulum prominent; domatia absent or inconspicuous; petiole 1 to 4 cm long, petiolules 2 to 8 mm long.

Mischocarpus australis
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Inflorescence.— Axillary panicles.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Capsule pyriform to ellipsoidal, 10 to 15 mm long, 6 to 8 mm diam., red to orange; stipe 3 to 6 mm long; aril purple.

Ripe.—Autumn