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Lepiderema Radlk., Act. Congr. Bot. Amsterdam 250, 535 (1877), = Sapind. Holl.-Ind. 180, 165 (1879); from the Greek lepidos (a scale) and eremos (deprived of), referring to the petals lacking scales

Type: Lepiderema papuana Radlk.

Shrubs or trees, usually monoecious. Branchlets lenticellate. Leaves paripinnate; leaflets opposite or alternate, usually pellucid-dotted, upper surface usually with appressed lepidote glands; petiolulate. Inflorescence axillary or ramiflorous, solitary or clustered, raceme-like or panicle-like; cymules stalked. Flowers small, regular. Calyx deeply 5-lobed, the lobes 2-seriate, or sepals free, imbricate, elliptic or obovate, concave, petaloid, the outer pair smaller, gland-dotted, ciliolate. Petals 5, obovate or elliptic, membranous; scales absent. Disc regular, glabrous. Stamens 6–8; filaments usually hairy. Ovary 3-locular; ovule 1 per locule; style slender, persistent. Fruit globose or obovoid, drying blackish, 3-locular, loculicidally dehiscent; valves drying ±woody, glabrous. Seed ellipsoidal, slightly compressed; aril thinly fleshy, oily, oblique, ventrally attached to seed and usually covering it. 

A genus of eight species in Australia and New Guinea; six species in Australia, all endemic. 

Characterised by the petaloid sepals, small fruits usually drying black, valves usually woody and by most species having appressed lepidote glands on the leaflets.

K.Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 351 (1927); L.A.T.Radlkofer, Pflanzenr. 98: 1216–1218 (1933); S.T.Reynolds, Austrobaileya 1: 488–493 (1982).

1 Branchlets with dense rusty hirsute apex; leaflets 16–19 pairs, crenulate-serrulate


1: Branchlets usually glabrous; leaflets 2–10 pairs, entire


2 Leaflets 9–10 pairs; panicles densely flowered, 13–40 cm long


2: Leaflets 2–6 pairs; panicles usually open, mostly less than 13 cm long


3 Inflorescence raceme-like, less than 4.5 cm long; leaflets 2 or 3 pairs, 5–16.5 cm long, 2–6.5 cm wide


3: Inflorescence panicle-like, more than 4.5 cm long; leaflets usually 3–6 pairs, 3.5–8.5 cm long, 1–4 cm wide


4 Petiolules less than 3 mm long; flowers orange-yellow


4: Petiolules 3–12 mm long; flowers usually pink


5 Fruit viscid, obovoid; calyx lobes persistent; midrib central


5: Fruit not viscid, subglobose; calyx lobes caducous; midrib excentric



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