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Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Dehiscing fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright B. Gray
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Alectryon connatus (F.Muell.) Radlk.
Radlkofer, L.A.T. (1878) Sitzungsberichten der k. bayer Akademie der Wissenschaften, Math.-Phys. Classe, 1878: 299. Type: ?.
Nephelium connatum (F.Muell.) Benth., Flora Australiensis 1: 465(1863), Type: ?. Spanoghea connata F.Muell., Transactions and Proceedings of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria 3: 26(1859), Type: In wooded valleys near Moreton Bay. Hill and Mueller. [given by P.W.Leenhouts, Blumea 33 (1988) 317 as Hill & Mueller, Que
A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Leafy twigs longitudinally grooved or striated, clothed in yellowish or yellow-brown hairs at least when young. Leaflets usually 2-4 per compound leaf, sessile or very shortly stalked. Leaflet blades about 4-12 x 4.5 cm.
Calyx lobes broadly ovate, about 1.5 mm long. Petals present, slightly longer than the calyx, inner surface hairy. Base of the ovary surrounded by an orange gland. Ovary hairy on both the inner and outer surfaces.
Cotyledons about 5-7 mm long. First pair of leaves simple, toothed or lobed, subsequent leaves pinnate with two leaflets. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades hairy on the upper surface, densely (or rarely sparsely) so on the lower surface, hairs tortuous, pale; lower surface of the leaflet blade green.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 800 m. Grows in monsoon forest, beach forest and similar vegetation types. Also occurs in New Guinea.
A small tree that has potential for cultivation in gardens in drier areas. Flowers are greenish yellow.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)