Harpullia hillii (SAPINDACEAE); Blunt-leaved tulip

Blunt Leaved Tulip
Harpullia hillii - foliage & fruit - Kenneth McClymont 2002
Compact tree with a dense canopy, to 20m though seldom over 10m. Found in subtropical and dry rainforests, from Kempsey in NSW to Ayr, SE of Townsville.

Leaves are compound, alternate, pinnate with 6 12 leaflets alternate on rachis. Oblong, glossy green leaflets with distinctively rounded notched ends and prominent venation.

Flowers are small and white held in panicles at ends of branches, Oct Nov.

Fruits are two lobed orange/yellow capsules containing shiny black seeds surrounded by red arils. Ripe Nov - Jan.

Handsome dense crown and attractive berries. Prefers part shade, frost tender.

Not edible.

Soak fresh seeds in water before sowing.

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Blunt Leaved Tulip
Harpullia hillii - foliage - David Somerville 2002
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Blunt Leaved Tulip
Harpullia hillii - flowers - Kenneth McClymont 2003