Rhysotoechia bifoliolata subsp bifoliolata—Twin-leaf Tuckeroo—SAPINDACEAE

Rhysotoechia bifoliolata

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Habitat—Grows in warmer, mostly drier rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Hunter River in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description— Tree to c. 20 m high; new growth finely hairy at first.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Elizabeth Beach, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 2, leaflets green on both surfaces; 4 to 14 cm long; leaflets 2, or rarely 4, elliptic to oblong—obovate, 4 to 10 cm long, 25 to 40 mm wide, apex obtuse or shortly pointed, base attenuate, margins entire, both surfaces glabrous, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface ± yellowish and dull; petiole 1 to 4 cm long, flattened.

Rhysotoechia bifoliolata
Rhysotoechia bifoliolata

Inflorescence.——Panicles 4 to 10 cm long, generally shorter than the leaves. 5 to 7 mm diam.

Flowering.February to March.

Fruit.—Capsule 15 to 25 mm long, 10 to 30 mm diam., orange—yellow, 3—lobed; seeds ellipsoid, black and shining; aril yellow, surrounding basal third of the seed.

Ripe.—May to June.

Rhysotoechia bifoliolata