Sarcopteryx stipata— Steelwood, Corduroy—SAPINDACEAE.

Sarcopteryx stipata

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Habitat—In warmer Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Bulga Plateau in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tree to c. 10 m high; buds, stems and often petiole and leaf rachises brown—pubescent.

Local occurrences

Copeland, Ellenborough Falls, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Kooloobung Creek Nature Reserve Port Macquarie and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, leaflets 4 to 8, margins entire, apex bluntly pointed, rachis–tip projecting beyond last leaflet, 9 to 18 cm long; leaflets usually 4 to 10, elliptic—oblong to obovate—oblong, sometimes narrowly so, usually 4 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base ± obtuse and often asymmetric, margins entire, upper surface shining and glabrous, lower surface glabrous or finely hairy; fine hairy domatia sometimes present; petiole 2 to 3 cm long, petiolules 2 to 4 mm long.

Sarcopteryx stipata
Sarcopteryx stipata

Inflorescence.—Panicles 4 to 12 cm long. Petals c. 2 mm long.

Flowering.—August to October

Fruit.—Capsule usually 3—angular, 15 to 20 mm long, c. 15 mm diam., shortly stalked, reddish; valves slightly fleshy; seeds dark brown, almost completely covered with yellow aril.

Ripe.—October to December