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Heterodendrum diversifolium F.Muell., Fragm. 1: 46 (1858)
Scrub Boonaree, Holly Bush.

Nephelium diversifolium (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragm. 10: 82 (1876). T: Brigalow scrub, tropical and subtropical eastern Australia, collector unknown ; n.v.

Illustration: S.T.Reynolds, Austrobaileya 1: fig. 37H (1982).

Shrub to 4 m. Branchlets puberulent towards apex. Leaves often fasciculate, subelliptic, obovate or cuneate, obtuse, mucronate, tridentate or truncate, coarsely sharply serrate, dentate or laciniate, subentire or entire, cuneate at base, 1.5–5.5 cm long, 0.4–1.5 cm wide, glabrous; petiole to 4 mm long. Flowers 3.5 mm diam., solitary or in small clusters or racemes; pedicels 3 mm long. Calyx 3.5 mm wide, broadly 5-lobed, lobes ovate, glabrous. Stamens 6–8, filaments 2–5 mm long. Fruit sessile, transversely ellipsoidal or depressed obovoid, 0.6–1.2 cm long, 0.6–1.4 cm diam., 1- or 2-lobed; pericarp drying thick and ±woody, glabrous or puberulous. Fig. 4A–B.

Occurs in central and south-eastern Qld and north-eastern N.S.W. Usually growing in Brigalow scrub in dark clay. Map 23.

Qld: Palardo, W of Miles, S.T.Blake 7621 (BRI); Wood End, Rockhampton, Mar. 1920, W.D.Francis (BRI). N.S.W.: 10.5 km SE North Star road to Rocky Dam, G.P.Guymer 1432 (BRI, NSW).

Heterodendrum diversifolium is distinguished by its serrate or pinnately lobed leaflets and small inflorescences.

Since publication of the Flora of Australia treatment the Australian Plant Census recognises this taxon as a synonym of Alectryon diversifolius .

(S.T.Reynolds)

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 25 (1985), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia