Elattostachys xylocarpa (SAPINDACEAE) White Tamarind

Plants to Plant

Tree to 10 m high, young leaves often reddish; new growth rusty-pubescent. Leaves 6-15 cm long, rachis extended beyond last leaflet; leaflets 2-6, elliptic to obovate, 3-8 cm long, margins usually irregularly toothed. Upper surface shiny and smooth or finely hairy, lower surface more rusty hairy. Domatia prominent as hair-tufts in vein angles. Petiole 1-4 cm long, petiolules 1-2 mm long.

Photo: Robert Whyte

New Growth

Inflorescences 1-5 cm long. Petals around 4 mm long. Fruit is a capsule roughly obovoid, 15-20 mm long, woody, outer surface yellowish, seeds black, aril white to purplish.

Photo: Robert Whyte