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Quandongs: Elaocarpus spp.

  • The Quandongs are trees that produce mainly blue fruits usually with a single largish seed, and the leaves often have fine serrations.

  • There are about 60 species in many parts of the tropics of the world, with about half found in Australia.

  •  However, they are not at all related to the 'quandongs' of drier parts of southern and central Australia.

 

  • The most commonly seen species in the Daintree is the Blue Quandong, Elaeocarpus angustifolius.

  • The tree often has many dropped red leaves underneath it as well as it's marble sized blue fruits (left) that have a distinctive seed that looks like a brain.

  • The tart flesh is edible, but best when older and soft.

  • This species can grow into a huge rainforest tree with well-developed buttress roots, but is more commonly encountered as a pioneer species on the edge of rainforests all along the east coast of Australia.

  • They are found along the Cape Tribulation road and there are some good big examples at the Jindalba carpark, as well as on the side of roads towards Bartle Frere.

 

  • Another common Quandong species is the Kuranda Quandong, Elaeocarpus bancroftii.

  • The fruit on this tree is larger and duller (left), and older fruits often have dull flaky, cracked skin.

  • The fruit has a persistent stalk and a distinctive football shaped, pitted seed. It is an obvious plant along Dubuji boardwalk when fruiting.

 

 

Script and Photos: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide


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