Harpullia pendula, Fam. Sapindaceae
A small to medium tree with a dense, shady crown when grown in the open. The trunks of older trees may be buttressed at the base and the grey bark may shed in round or irregular long flakes. Timber is valued for cabinetmaking. An attractive ornamental which makes a good shade tree.
|Form or habit:||Tree|
Pinnate, 4-8 bluntly pointed, elliptic to obovate leaflets, 5-10 x 2.4cm, which are thin textured and glossy green, underside slightly hairy.
|Flower description:||Five petalled, greenish yellow flowers, up to 2cm in diameter, are borne in axillary sprays to 28cm long.|
|Fruit description:||Fruits two lobed, thin walled capsules; orange-red at maturity opening to display shiny black seeds in each inflated lobe.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, littoral rainforest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Coastal eastern Australia from Cooktown to Bellinger River, New South Wales.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Society for Growing Australian Plants. Mackay Branch. (1989). One hundred and one trees of Mackay.|