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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright B. Gray
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Mischocarpus stipitatus S.T.Reynolds
Reynolds, S.T. () Flora of Australia 25: 200. Type: State Forest Reserve 185, 17 deg 05S, 145 deg 36 E, Danbulla, near Mareeba, Qld, 27 Aug. 1982, B. Gray 2703; holo: BRI, iso: QRS.
Mischocarpus sundaicus Blume, Bijdragen tot de Flora van Nederlandsch Indie No. 7: 238(1827), Type: in insula Nusa Kambanga et forte etiam in Java.
Purple Aril Mischocarp
Usually a small tree but occasionally exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Leaflets about 4-6 in the compound leaf, each leaflet blade about 5.5-14.5 x 2-6 cm. Midrib raised in a depression on the upper surface. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Compound leaf rhachis usually with a median ridge and two grooves on the upper surface.
Fruits glabrous, about 1.8-2.4 cm long (including the stipe) x 1-1.5 cm. Fruits sparsely appressed, villous on the inner surface. Seeds +/- globular, about 0.9-1.2 cm diam., completely enveloped by the aril.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 850 m. Grows as an understory tree, usually in drier, more seasonal rain forest.
Forms a densely crowned tree that would be useful for providing shade in parks and gardens. Flowers are small but the red fruits can be showy,