Aleurites rockinghamensis (Baill.) P.I.Forst.

Candle Nut

Large spreading tree to 30 m high. Indumentum rusty silver. Leaf blade entire or 3- lobed, ovate, lanceolate-ovate or ovate-trowel-shaped, 110-400 mm long, 70-300 mm wide, lower surface with sparse to dense, rusty silver, star-shaped hairs. Flowers 8-12 mm long; stamens 24-32. Ovary and fruit 3-4-chambered. Fruits ovoidroundish, 50-65 mm long, 70-80 mm wide. Syn. A. moluccana var. rockinghamensis Baill.

A. moluccana (L.) Willd., Candle Nut, from Qld, Malesia and Melanesia is a large spreading tree to 30 m high with a silver indumentum. Leaf blade entire or 3- or 5-lobed, ovate, lanceolate-ovate or ovate-trowel-shaped, 70-200 mm long, 40-130 mm wide, lower surface hairless or with scattered, silver, star-shaped hairs. Flowers 5-8 mm long; stamens 18-26. Ovary and fruit 1-2-chambered. Fruits ovoidroundish, 40-45 mm long, 40-60 mm wide.

Qld, New Guinea.

The burning fruit may be used as a light source.

Source: Forster, P. (2002). Euphorbiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Euphorbiaceae
genus        Aleurites J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.