Archidendron whitei (Fabaceae)

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This small and not very well known understorey tree is one of the more interesting and species of Archidendrons.

This Far North Queensland endemic has hairy and rather dull green leaflets, which are much smaller in proportions to most of the other Archidendrons in the region. Often, also, there are only two leaflets on each compound leaf.

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Nevertheless, the conspicuous glands on the leaflet stalks and the compound leaf rachis affirm that it is an Archidendron.

The species works well as an ornamental, producing conspicuous red-orange seed pods.

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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