Aglaia meridionalis (Meliaceae)

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This endemic member of the Mahogany family is known as the Rusty Almond, probably due to the red rusty hairs that cover the leaf undersides, twigs and also the fruits. At the same time, this trait makes it one of the most easily recognizable species of the family in North Queensland.

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A fruiting specimen. This specimen was only about 3m.

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The fruit capsules covered with rusty red hairs.

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Leaf underside covered with easily rubbed-off rusty red hairs


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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