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Alectryon connatus (F.Muell.) Radlk., Act. Congr. Bot. Amsterdam 118 (1877), as connatum , =Sapind. Holl.-Ind. 48 (1879)

Spanoghea connata F.Muell., Trans. & Proc. Philos. Inst. Victoria 3: 26 (1859); Nephelium connatum (F.Muell.) Benth., Fl. Austral. 1: 465 (1863). T: Moreton Bay, Qld, W.Hill & F.Mueller ; n.v.

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

Tree to 12 m. Branchlets, young parts and leaf axes pale rusty crispate tomentose to glabrescent. Leaf rachis 5–6.5 cm long; leaflets 4–8, rarely 2, elliptic-oblong or narrowly obovate, obtuse, retuse or subacute, entire, rarely serrulate, oblique and acute at base, 4.5–14.5 cm long, 1.5–6 cm wide, puberulent or glabrous; petiolule 1–3 mm long; petiole 2–5 cm long. Panicles 4.5–18 cm long; peduncle tomentose. Flowers 2–4 mm diam.; pedicels 3–7 mm long. Calyx 1.5 mm long; lobes broadly ovate, pubescent. Petals slightly longer than calyx. Fruit broadly ovoid or subglobose, 8–12 mm long, 8–20 mm diam., 3–5-sulcate, inflated, orange-red; pericarp thin, pubescent outside. Aril smooth. Fig. 4F–H.

Occurs in Qld from Cape York Peninsula to Logan river, and in New Guinea. Common in light rainforest and on ridges behind dunes. Map 25.

Qld: Camerons Ck, Mt Crosby, N of Ipswich, Feb. 1980, L.H.Bird (BRI); 8 km SE of Eungella Dam, N.B.Byrnes & J.R.Clarkson 3622 (BRI); Upper Brookfield Brisbane, L.W.Jessup 77 (BRI, NSW).

Differs from other species of the genus in having indistinctly lobed thin-walled fruits and crispate-hairy branchlets.

(S.T.Reynolds)

 

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