Toechima pterocarpum— Orange Tamarind—SAPINDACEAE

Toechima pterocarpum

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Habitat— Lowland Tropical Rainforest, often along watercourses, with an altitudinal range of from sea level to 450 m

Distribution— Endemic to the Wet Tropics of North Queensland around Julatten, Mossman and Wangetti districts.

Description— Large shrub to small tree growing to 4 m.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour

Leaves.— Compound, alternate or sub opposite, entire, leaflets 4 to 12, domatia present, without true terminal leaf, rachis shortly extending past last leaflet. Pinnate, 12 to 24 cm long, with 2 or 3 pairs of leaves. Leaflets are narrowly elliptic to sickle-shaped, 2 to 11 cm long and glossy bright green. Petiole ±flat on upper surface, rachis ridged, leaflets 6. midrib and lateral veins raised above, domatia are shallow pits on undersurface.

Toechima pterocarpum
Toechima pterocarpum

Inflorescence.— Numerous and small, 17 to 24 cm long. Pedicles about 3 mm long, male and female flowers, whitish.

Flowering.— Spring

Fruit.—3–lobed, winged, orange to red capsules to 3 cm long, seeds black.

Ripe.—Summer

Toechima pterocarpum