Blepharocarya involucrigera (Anacardiaceae)

Blepharocarya involucrigera

The scientific name for this stately tree is quite a mouthful. It is also known as Rose Butternut or Bollygum. This tree is probably not going to be easy to differentiate from a Queensland Maple (Flindersia spp.) at a glance. Both Flindersia and Blepharocarya have opposite compound leaves. The leaves of Bollygum are not quite as fleshy but more distinctively, the Bollygum has ‘ribs’ at the base of compound leaf stalk (see picture below) which nearly connects with those of the adjacent leaf.

The flowers are very mango-like, as is typical of the family, but the fruits are quite a thing on their own. Distinctively, there is a fibrous-looking basket-like involucre which surrounds the fruit.

Blepharocarya involucrigera

Blepharocarya involucrigera

Blepharocarya involucrigera
Distinctive ‘ribs’ at the base of compound leaf stalk which nearly connects with those of the adjacent leaf.

Blepharocarya involucrigera
Underside of the leaflets

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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