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Dinosperma erythrococcum (F.Muell.) T.G.Hartley
Family Rutaceae
Common name: Tingletongue

Dinosperma erythrococcum (F.Muell.) T.G.Hartley APNI*

Synonyms: Dinosperma erythrococcum (F.Muell.) T.G.Hartley APNI*

Description: Tree to 23 m high, glabrous or nearly so.

Leaves usually opposite, mostly 3-foliolate, rarely 1-, 2- or 4-foliolate; leaflets lanceolate to oblong, 2.3–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex rounded to obtuse, base cuneate on terminal leaflets, usually asymmetric on lateral leaflets, margins entire or inconspicuously glandular-crenate, glabrous, oil dots distinct but scattered; petiole 1–3 cm long; lateral petiolules 0–7 mm long, terminal petiolule mostly 1.5–20 mm long.

Panicles 6–8 cm long. Sepals c. 1 mm long, slightly pubescent. Petals c. 3 mm long, white, minutely pubescent outside. Stamens 8, shorter than or equal to the petals in length.

Follicles ovoid, divaricate, 5–8 mm long, subfleshy, transversely wrinkled, bright orange to red; seeds ovoid, bluish black, shiny.


Flowering: Flowers spring to early summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Not common in this State, grows in dry rainforest in the headwaters of the Clarence and Richmond Rivers.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Common name refers to the tingling sensation on the tongue if the fresh bark is tasted.

Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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