Elattostachys xylocarpa— White Tamarind—SAPINDACEAE

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Habitat—In dry rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Orara River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Tree to 10 m high, young leaves often reddish; new growth rusty–pubescent.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, 6 to 15 cm long, rachis extended beyond last leaflet; leaflets 2 to 6, elliptic to obovate, 3 to 8 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide, apex obtuse to acute, base obtuse to acute, margins usually irregularly toothed or sometimes ± entire, upper surface shiny and glabrous or finely hairy, lower surface ± rusty hairy; secondary veins 8 to 12 pairs; domatia prominent, as hair–tufts in vein angles; petiole 1 to 4 cm long, petiolules 1 to 2 mm long.

Elattostachys xylocarpa
Elattostachys xylocarpa

Inflorescence.— 1 to 5 cm long. Petals c. 4 mm long.


Fruit.—Capsule ± obovoid, 15 to 20 mm long, woody, outer surface yellowish, sutures pink; seeds black, aril white to purplish.


Elattostachys xylocarpa