Red Coondoo

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Mimusops elengi

Family : Sapotaceae

This tree is a large, spreading tree growing to 15 metres, with an umbrella shaped canopy. The leaves are dark green, elongated and shiny. These have a pale underside with a prominent midrib. Leaves are about 10 cm long and 4 cm wide. The bark is very thick with deep fissures.

Flowers are small and star shaped, with a central cone formed from the petals and stamens. Red Coondoo flowers from November to January, followed by orange berries. These contain one or more seeds and are attractive to many birds.

This large tree can be found on dunes, sandy banks and near mangroves. It tolerates large amounts of salt, sand and sun. This is the food plant for wild silk worms. An excellent large tree for the garden and used as a street line tree in some parts of Townsville.

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Quick Facts

Flowers November to January
Fruit April to June
Coastal Zone Dune Crest - Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds, Insects and Others
Growth Habit Large Tree
Typical Height <15m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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