Alectryon subcinereus —Native Quince, Wild Quince, Bird's Eye—SAPINDACEAE

Alectryon subcinereus

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Habitat—In warmer rainforest, widespread in coastal districts, inland to the Liverpool Range

Distribution—From the far south coast of New South Wales into Queensland

Description—Small tree or shrub with branchlets and inflorescences finely hairy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 2 to 6, toothed, rachis—tip projecting beyond last leaflet; leaves paripinnate, 8—20 cm long; leaflets alternate, 2—8, elliptic—oblong to ovate—oblong, 6—15 cm long, 2—5 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate to obtuse, margins toothed (especially in upper half) or rarely entire (in forms from Macleay River to Clarence River.), both surfaces glabrous or lower surface sparsely hairy, secondary veins prominent; petiole 10 to 30 mm long, petiolules 1 to 4 mm long.

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Inflorescence.—Panicles 10—15 cm long. Petals minute.

Flowering.—June to August

Fruit—Capsule usually 2-lobed, 8 to 10 mm long, 8 to 16 mm wide; lobes globose, glabrous, pericarp crustaceous; seed black, aril red, smooth

Ripe.—January to February

Alectryon subcinereus