Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Cupaniopsis anacardioides

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Where found

Rainforest, shrubland, and along estuaries. Coastal north of Kiama.


Tree to 20 m high. seed stalk/aril fleshy. Bark greyish brown, scaly. Young stems longitudinally ridged and with prominent lenticels, hairy with short appressed hairs, becoming hairless. Leaves alternating up the stems, 13–30 cm long, compound, with 4–11 leaflets each 5–15 cm long, 20–60 mm wide, leathery, hairless or the lower surface hairy with fine hairs, margins entire or sometimes wavy. Flowers functionally unisexual, with male and female flowers on the same plant. Flowers whitish to yellow or greenish, usually with 5 petals each 1–3.5 mm long, free from each other. Flowers in branched clusters 8–30 cm long. Seed cases orange to reddish, almost round, 3-lobed, 15–30 mm long, 15–20 mm in diameter. Seeds black, aril reddish to orange-red, partly to completely covering the seed.

PlantNET description: (accessed 7 January, 2021)