Nature conservation

Threatened species

Red Boppel Nut - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 23 Apr 2014


Red Boppel Nut is a small tree to 10 m tall, often with several unbranched stems rising from the rootstock. The leaves are leathery and compound, each 40 – 100 cm long, deeply lobed, or with many leaflets and a winged central spine. The lobes or leaflets have prickly toothed margins and the veins are prominent on both sides. A loose spike of many spidery-flowers, 15 – 35 cm long, arises directly from the trunk from ground level upwards. The flowers are purplish brown with a strong, sickly scent. Bright red fleshy fruits, 2 – 4 cm long, follow the flowers.


Coastal areas of north-east NSW from the Nambucca Valley north to south-east Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Subtropical rainforest, moist eucalypt forest and Brush Box forest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Northern RiversCoffs Coast & Escarpment Known None
Northern RiversMurwillumbah (Qld - Southeast Hills and Ranges) Known None
Northern RiversRichmond - Tweed (Qld - Scenic Rim) (Part A) Known None