Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Atalaya salicifolia (A.DC.) Blume

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
Click/tap on images to enlarge
Leaves. © R.L. Barrett
Leaves and fruit. © R.L. Barrett
Fruit and seeds. © R.L. Barrett
Leaves. © R.L. Barrett
Bark. © R.L. Barrett
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO

Blume, C.L. von (1847) Rumphia 3 : 186. 

Common name

Whitewood, Brush; Blush Whitewood; Brush Whitewood; Whitewood; Whitewood, Blush


A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.


Usually 2-4 leaflets per leaf. Leaflet blades about 4.5-13.5 x 0.7-2 cm. Leaflets sessile or very shortly stalked. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Compound leaf petiole and rhachis usually narrowly winged. Lateral veins forming loops just inside the leaflet blade margin.


Sepals about 2-3 mm long, glabrous on the outer surface. Petals about 3-7 x 2.5-3.5 mm, scales without crests. Disk complete, densely hairy. Stamens eight. Anthers about 1.5 x 0.5 mm, filaments about 2 mm long, hairy. Style very short or stigma sessile.


Fruits, including the wing, about 32 x 9-10 mm, glabrous. Seed about 7 x 5.5 mm. Cotyledons twisted.


Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from sea level to 300 m. Grows in monsoon forest. Also occurs in Malesia.

Sapindus salicifolia A.DC., Prodr. 1: 608(1824), Type: Timor, collector unknown. Atalaya australis (A.Rich.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 46(1858). Atalaya salicifolia var. intermedia C.A.Gardner, WA Forests Departmentt Bulletin 32: 61(1923), Type: WA, Carson River, Lat. 14 29, Sept. 1921, C. A. Gardner 1556; iso:PERTH, NSW. Atalaya virens C.T.White, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 55: 62(1944), Type: Queensland, Burnett District, Eidsvold, T.L. Bancroft; holo: BRI. Thouinia australis A.Rich., Voyage de l'Astrolabe 2, Sertum Astrolabianum : 31(1834), Type: Northern Territory, Melville Island, Fraser.
RFK Code
Copyright © CSIRO 2020, all rights reserved.