Castanospora alphandii (Sapindaceae)

Castanospora alphandii

This very common rain forest tree is endemic to Australia and is also known as the Brown Tamarind or Native Chestnut. The leaves are compound and the leaflets have a whitish underside which makes this species very distinctive.

The fruits are like small brown canon balls.

Castanospora alphandii

Castanospora alphandii
Compound leaves

Castanospora alphandii
The distinctive glaucous undersides of the leaflets. Note also how the veins come out at a very wide angle (almost 90 degrees to the midrib)


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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