Sterculia quadrifida— Red-fruited Kurrajong, Peanut Tree—MALVACEAE

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Habitat—Chiefly in littoral and riverine rainforest, rare.

Distribution— Monoecious tree to 20 m high, almost deciduous in early spring.

Description— North from Broken Head in Northern New South Wales and into Queensland.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.—Simple, alternate to pseudo-whorls, entire, ovate to oblong, mostly 5 to 15 cm long, 4 to 8 cm wide, base truncate to cordate, margins entire, juveniles sometimes shallowly lobed, glabrous above, sparsely stellate–hairy below; petiole 2 to 7 cm long.

Sterculia quadrifida
Sterculia quadrifida

Inflorescence.—In racemes, unisexual. Calyx 5 to 10 mm long, cream.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Follicles 5 to 8 cm long, green to brown without, glabrous and orange within; seeds 2 to 8, c. 10 mm long, black, smooth.

Ripe.—Winter