Medium tree to 6 - 18m with simple, alternate leaves in pseudo-whorls, 5 12cm, shiny bright green with long petioles. Deciduous in cooler areas.
Requires good drainage and can withstand drought by means of a water conserving root tuber.
Compared to the dramatic fruit, relatively inconspicuous, creamy-white, lemon-scented flowers November to January.
Large, eye-catching red fruit with about 8 shiny black seeds. Raw or roasted seeds taste similar to peanuts. Sap used by Aborigines in N Australia to treat wounds and stings.
Fruit, undersides of foliage
The Sterculiaceae include some towering tropical trees from South America. The name comes from Stercules, the god of rubbish dumps, for the unpleasant odour of some species.