Rose tamarind, coogera
Arytera divaricata, Fam. Sapindaceae
Small to medium tree with dark green mature leaves and beautiful new growth that is soft, drooping and bright pink to salmon in colour. Outer bark is smooth, grey and thin.
|Form or habit:||Small tree, Med tree|
Alternate, pinnate with four to seven leaflets, leaflets elliptic-oblong, 6-14cm long. Margins entire, no terminal leaflet and rachis tip extended beyond last leaflet. Venation distinct on both sides and raised beneath, small but distinct occur as pits in vein angles.
|Flower description:||Sparsely branched panicles of small cream pink flowers. Spring to autumn.|
Brown, Yellow, Red
|Fruit description:||Yellow brown, deeply three lobed capsules. Each lobe contains one brown seed that is almost completely covered in a fleshy red aril.|
|Habitat:||Littoral rainforest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, New Guinea.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the fig bird and olive backed oriole, aril eaten by metallic starlings. Larvae of the large purple line-blue butterfly feed on the flower buds and young leaves.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea.|
|Notes:||Hardy and tolerant of full sun. Grow from fresh seed that has been removed from the capsule, germinates readily but growth is slow initially. Cuttings strike moderately easily. Timber is yellow brown, fine grained and very hard.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|