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Alectryon connatus
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Fruits, with smooth red arils and black seeds, and foliage
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Scientific classification
  • Spanoghea connata F.Muell.
  • Nephelium connatum (F.Muell.) Benth.

Alectryon connatus, sometimes named hairy alectryon, is a species of small trees, constituting part of the plant family Sapindaceae.

They grow naturally in Australia, in eastern Queensland from the south-east to the northernmost Cape York Peninsula, Western Australia, perhaps in north-eastern New South Wales, and in New Guinea. They grow in littoral rainforests, vine thickets, tropical monsoon forests (seasonal rainforests) and similar vegetation assemblages, in the lowlands, and in the tropics the uplands recorded up to 800 m (2,600 ft) altitude.

Naming and classification

European science formally described the species under the name Spanoghea connata in 1859, authored by German–Australian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller.

In 1878 Bavarian botanist Ludwig A. T. Radlkofer formally renamed this species to Alectryon connatus.


They grow to a small trees 12–20 m (40–70 ft) tall or sometimes as a shrub only.

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