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Genus Lepiderema Family Sapindaceae

Description: Shrubs or trees, usually monoecious.

Leaves alternate, paripinnate; leaflets opposite or alternate, usually pellucid-dotted, margins entire or toothed.

Inflorescences axillary or ramiflorous, solitary or in panicle-like clusters. Flowers usually unisexual. Calyx deeply 5-lobed or sepals free. Petals 5, membranous; scales absent. Disc regular. Stamens 6–8; filaments usually hairy. Ovary 3-locular; ovule 1 per loculus, style persistent.

Fruit a capsule, ± globose, 3-locular, glabrous, valves becoming woody, drying blackish; seeds ellipsoid; aril thinly fleshy, usually covering seed.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 8 species, New Guinea, Australia. Australia: 6 species (endemic), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Lepiderema pulchella

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