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Alectryon tomentosus (F.Muell.) Radlk., Act. Congr. Bot. Amsterdam 117 (1877), as tomentosum , =Sapind. Holl.-Ind. 47 (1879)

Nephelium tomentosum F.Muell., Trans. & Proc. Philos. Inst. Victoria 2: 64 (1858). T: Brisbane River, Qld, W.Hill & F.Mueller ; n.v.

[Nephelium subdentatum auct. non F.Muell.: F.M.Bailey, Queensland Fl. 1: 303 (1899)] 

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

Tree to 10 m. Young parts branchlets, leaves, peduncles and fruits densely to sparsely yellow-rusty villous. Leaf rachis 3–7.5 cm long; leaflets 2–4 pairs, narrowly ovate-oblong or broadly ovate, obtuse, acute or acuminate, irregularly serrate or serrulate, oblique and obtuse or truncate at base, 4–14.5 cm long, 2–6.5 cm wide, puberulent or glabrous above, pubescent or puberulent below; petiolules to 2 mm long; petiole 2–4.5 cm long. Panicles to 14.5 cm long; pedicels to 1.5 mm long. Calyx 1.5 mm long, broadly 5-lobed, villous. Petals absent. Fruit sessile, with 1–3 knob-like lobes, 8–12 mm long, 8–22 mm diam.; lobes turgid; pericarp drying crustaceous. Aril granular. 

Occurs from Cape York Peninsula, Qld, to Hunter River, N.S.W. Usually in coastal scrub. Map 33.

Qld: Petrie, Brisbane, S.T.Blake 2337 (BRI); Channel Rd, below Walsh Bluff, B.Gray 560 (BRI, QRS); Black Mtn, S of Cooktown, L.S.Smith 10713 (BRI); Long Is., C.T.White 12201 (BRI). N.S.W.: Lochinvar, R.M.Cambage 2216 (NSW).

Distinguished by its rusty hairy accrescent leaflets and thin-walled fruits. Often cultivated as a shade and ornamental tree. Collections from Cape York differ in shape, texture and indumentum of leaves and may represent a distinct taxon; further collections are needed.



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