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Lepiderema pulchella
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Subfamily: Sapindoideae
Genus: Lepiderema
Type species
Lepiderema papuana

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Lepiderema is a genus of nine species of trees from the family Sapindaceae. As of November 2013 botanists know of seven species growing naturally in Australia and two species in New Guinea. Published botanical science provides a limited knowledge of the full range of diversity in Australia and especially in New Guinea. In New Guinea the two known species have descriptions based each on only a single type specimen collection. Therefore, collection of more specimens and more species is most likely in New Guinea. In Australia they grow in rainforests of the northern half of the east coast side of the Great Dividing Range, from northeastern New South Wales through to northeastern Queensland.

In Australia, some species share the name tuckeroo with the closely related genus Cupaniopsis.

The northeastern NSW and southeastern Queensland endemic species L. pulchella has obtained the conservation status of "vulnerable" species by both the Qld and NSW governments.

Two of the northeastern Queensland endemic species L. hirsuta and L. largiflorens have the Queensland government conservation status of "near threatened" species.


This listing was sourced from the Australian Plant Name Index and Australian Plant Census, Flora Malesiana, and Sally T. Reynold's scientific publications.

  • Lepiderema hirsuta S.T.Reynolds, Noah's tamarind – Restricted endemic to the Wet Tropics, of NE Queensland
  • Lepiderema ixiocarpa S.T.Reynolds, Sticky lepiderema – Endemic to the Wet Tropics, of NE Queensland
  • Lepiderema largiflorens S.T.Reynolds – Endemic to the Bellenden Ker Range, Wet Tropics, of NE Queensland
  • Lepiderema melanorrhachis Merr. & L.M.Perry – Endemic to New Guinea
  • Lepiderema papuana Radlk. – Endemic to New Guinea
  • Lepiderema pulchella Radlk., Fine–leaved tuckeroo – Rare, endemic to riverine rainforests of NE New South Wales and SE Queensland
  • Lepiderema punctulata (F.Muell.) Radlk. – Endemic to forests of the central coast region of Queensland
  • Lepiderema sericolignis (F.M.Bailey) Radlk., Silkwood – Endemic to the Wet Tropics, of NE Queensland
Species provisionally named, described and accepted according to the authoritative Australian Plant Name Index as of June 2014 while awaiting formal publication
  • Lepiderema sp. Impulse Creek (A.B.Pollock 73) Qld Herbarium – central coast region, Queensland, endemic
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