Melicope rubra, Fam. Rutaceae
Small tree, up to 7m, with dark pink flowers and grey bark, that will flower and fruit while still a shrub.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Opposite and compound with 3 leaflets, aromatic when crushed; petiole to 9cm long. Leaflets are egg-shaped, 4–15 x 1.5–4.5cm, sessile or on a petiolule up to 10mm long.
|Flower description:||Dark pink four petalled flowers, to 7mm long, borne in clusters along the branches. The petals are glabrous on the outer surface while hairy on the inner surface. February to June.|
|Fruit description:||Green to yellow, fleshy, rugose (due to large oil glands), 4-angled capsule, 4cm in diameter, split open at the top to reveal the black seed.|
|Habitat:||Open forest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New Guinea, Malesia|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Malesia.|
|Information sources:||Atlas of Living Australia (2022) Melicope rubra (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) T.G.Hartley., Flora and fauna web (2022) Melicope rubra. Singapore National Parks Board., James Cook University (2022) Melicope rubra, Plants by common name.|