Scaly Ash (species: Ganophyllum falcatum) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ganophyllum falcatum
Scaly Ash

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves and new inflorescences of Ganophyllum falcatum at Lizard Island, 27 Oct 2016. Note curved leaflets that are much broader on one side than the other.

©Anne Hoggett: Ganophyllum falcatum flowers, Lizard Island Research Station, Jan 2019.

©Anne Hoggett: Ganophyllum falcatum near Lizard Island Research Station in full flower, Dec 2016.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Sapindales
Family Sapindaceae
Genus Ganophyllum
Species Ganophyllum falcatum



Distinguishing features

Excellent description in 'Some Magnetic Island Plants' - link below. A tree with distinctive leaves that are large, shiny and pinnate; leaflets with oblique base, markedly broader on one side than the other; clusters of bright red/orange fruits.


  • Up to 4000 cm and averaging 1000 cm (Height)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Short to medium-height trees are common in the vine forest behind LIRS.

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and S. LiĆ©geois (1997). Eagle Island, flora and vegetation (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 66: 347-383. LIRS catalog number 526.