Harpullia rhyticarpa (Sapindaceae)

Harpullia rhyticarpa

Harpullias are one of the fruity highlights of Far North Queensland because of the very striking character. The open fruits have a seed encased in a bright red-orange to yellow aril, with a little bit of the black seed peering out at the tip – resembling eyes.

Just do not say that plants do not see!

One rather distinctive character of this species is the rather slender habit (relative to other members of the genus in FNQ) and the winged compound leaf rachis.

Harpullia rhyticarpa

Harpullia rhyticarpa
Winged compound leaf rachis

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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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