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Common name: Beach Alectryon, Beach Birds Eye
Alectryon coriaceus (Benth.) Radlk. APNI*
Description: Bushy shrub or small tree with branchlets, leaves and peduncles appressed-pubescent or glabrous.
Leaves paripinnate, 4–15 cm long; leaflets 2 or 4, broad-elliptic to obovate, 4–12 cm long, 2–7 cm wide, apex rounded or retuse, base ± rounded, margins entire, upper surface glossy and glabrous, lower surface sparsely hairy, pale grey-green and lustrous or glaucous; petiole 1–4 cm long, petiolules 3–8 mm long.
Panicles 5–20 cm long. Petals minute.
Capsule usually 3-lobed, 5–7 mm long, 5–12 mm wide, pubescent, shortly stalked; lobes globose; seed black, aril red, smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: Common in littoral rainforest and scrub near the sea, often stunted in exposed sites; north from Newcastle.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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