This is a rainforest tree endemic to Queensland, occurring on the east coast from Cape York Peninsula south as far as central Queensland.
It is found from near sea level to an altitude of about 900 m.
It usually grows in well-developed rain forest, but is also found in drier, more seasonal rainforest.
It can grow up to about 15 m high or up to 30 m in exceptional circumstances, with a spreading crown on a long trunk.
The pinnate leaves are up to about 40 cm long, with up to 8 pairs of elliptical dark glossy green leaflets.
Small cream flowers, 4 – 5 mm in diameter, with 5 petals (the 5th reduced) and with 8 stamens, are borne in spring, followed by yellow.
– Natural History & Notes –
A commonly cultivated and attractive tree.
Produces a dense shady crown and conspicuous crops of yellow fruits with orange arils.
The aril is edible and is sometimes used to make a refreshing drink.