Harpullia Roxb.

From the Indian vernacular name Harpulli.

Trees. New growth hairy. Leaves alternate, evenly pinnate, the axis and stalk often winged. Leaflets alternate to almost opposite; margins entire or toothed. Male and female flowers on separate plants. Flower clusters axillary. Flowers unisexual, long-stalked. Sepals and petals 5. Stamens 5-8. Ovary 2-lobed, swollen and slightly flattened. Fruit a 2-lobed capsule with 1-2 seeds per lobe.

These are rainforest trees of moist gullies sometimes grown in older botanic and public gardens and special collections.

37 species from India, Malesia and the Pacific. Australia has 6 endemic species.

Fresh seeds.

Hairs star-shaped; leaf stalk and axis winged; fruit a 2-lobed, showy dehiscent capsule.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Sapindaceae. 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      Sapindales
family       Sapindaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Harpullia pendula F.Muell.