Common name: native quince, wild quince, bird's eye
Alectryon subcinereus (A.Gray) Radlk. APNI*
Description: Small tree or shrub with branchlets and inflorescences finely hairy.
Leaves paripinnate, 8–20 cm long; leaflets alternate, 2–8, elliptic-oblong to ovate-oblong, 6–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate to obtuse, margins toothed (especially in upper half) or rarely entire (in forms from Macleay R.
to Clarence R.), both surfaces glabrous or lower surface sparsely hairy, secondary veins prominent; petiole 10–30 mm long, petiolules 1–4 mm long. Panicles 10–15 cm long. Petals minute.
Capsule usually 2-lobed, 8–10 mm long, 8–16 mm wide; lobes globose, glabrous, pericarp crustaceous; seed black, aril red, smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: in warmer rainforest, widespread in coastal districts, inland to the Liverpool Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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