Common name: Turnipwood
Akania bidwillii (R.Hogg) Mabb. APNI*
Synonyms: Akania lucens (F.Muell.) Airy Shaw APNI*
Description: Tree to c. 12 m high; bark grey to dark brown, finely scaled and wrinkled.
Leaves mostly paripinnate, to 75 cm long; leaflets 8–31 per leaf, lanceolate, 10–28 cm long, 2–4.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base obtuse to ± cordate, margins regularly spinose-toothed, upper surface dark green and shiny, lower surface paler and dull; venation prominent, finely reticulate; petiole 10–15 cm long; petiolules swollen, 5–15 mm long; stipules subulate.
Panicles usually 8–15 cm long; pedicels 5–20 mm long. Flowers white or pink, fragrant. Calyx 3–4 mm long. Corolla 8–12 mm long, pubescent.
Capsule ± ovoid to pyriform; 20–30 mm long, dull-red; seeds 1 or 2, 10–12 mm long, yellow, hanging ± outside capsule on a thread at maturity.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but not usually common, in subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest on coast and coastal ranges, north from Camden Haven.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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