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Sterculia quadrifida, Peanut Tree

Peanut Tree
Sterculia quadrifida - foliage & fruit - Paul Donatiu 2002
Medium tree, 6-18m, found in dry rainforests from Richmond River NSW to nthn Australia and PNG.

Leaves are simple, alternate in pseudo-whorls, 5 12cm, shiny bright green with long petioles.

Flower is inconspicuous, creamy-white and lemon-scented, Nov - Jan.

Fruit is a large, eye-catching red capsule with about 8 shiny black seeds.

Handsome, ornamental tree, deciduous in cooler areas. Requires good drainage

Edible raw or roasted seeds taste similar to peanuts.

Fresh seeds germinate easily and quickly, sometimes within 3 days.

Used by Aborigines in N Australia to treat wounds and stings.

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Peanut Tree
Sterculia quadrifida - trunk - Bruce Noble 2002
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Peanut Tree
Sterculia quadrifida - fruit - Paul Donatiu 2002
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