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Mischarytera megaphylla

Family

Sapindaceae

Botanical Name

Mischarytera megaphylla P.I.Forst.

Forster, P.I. (2006) Austrobaileya 7: 280. Type: Queensland, Cape Tribulation Rd, 21 Mar. 1995, B. Gray 6026. Holo: QRS; iso:BRI.

Synonyms

Sapindaceae sp. (Noah Creek BG 6026), : (), Type: ?.

Stem

Grows into a small tree.

Leaves

Leaflets about 11-14 in the compound leaf, each leaflet blade about 11.5-35 x 3-8.5 cm, leaflet stalks about 0.7-1.4 cm. Domatia are small hooded structures in the axils of the midrib and lateral veins. Lateral veins about 12-14 on each side of the midrib, curving inside the blade margin but not forming definite loops.

Flowers

Calyx lobes about 1.4 mm long, clothed in short prostrate simple hairs. Petals about 1.2 x 1.5 mm, apex obtuse to retuse, inner surface hairy. Stamens seven or eight, filaments about 0.5 mm long, anthers about 2 x 1 mm, hairy. Ovary hairy, style about 1 mm long.

Fruit

Fruits +/- globular, about 25-30 mm diam. Seeds about 27 x 23-24 mm. Aril covering about 3/4 of the seed.

Seedlings

First pair of leaves compound with seven leaflets, the terminal leaflet lanceolate and much smaller than the lateral leaflets. Stem about 22-24 cm long before the first leaves. Domatia are small, inconspicuous foveoles.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known only from collections made in the Noah Creek - Cape Tribulation area. Altitudinal range small, from near sea level to 100 m. Grows as an understory tree in lowland rain forest.

NEQ

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Tree

X

RFK Code

1146