Family : Anacardiaceae
The Burdekin Plum is a beautiful tree growing to 20 metres tall, with a dense canopy. The leaves are a dark, glossy green with numerous stiff leaflets.
These plants have male and female flowers occurring on separate plants. The flowers are small and yellowish – green. Male flowers are on drooping branchlets, while the female flowers occur on spikes.
Fruit is globular and turns a deep purple colour, resembling a typical plum. This fruit is excellent for making jams but may often need ripening for days before they are soft enough to eat. It contains a large stone inside the flesh. Fruit attracts a wide variety of birds (eg Red-tailed Black Cockatoos), bats, insects and bees. These trees can grow on a broad range of soils. They are drought tolerant but look best when given extra water. They are slow growing and have been known to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Traditional Owner Values
Manbarra - The Burdekin Plum is a food source.
|Flowers||November to January|
|Fruit||April to August|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Birds, Insects, Bees and Others|
|Growth Habit||Large Tree|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry or Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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