This small endemic tree is rather restricted in distribution, but one can best see it at the Cairns Botanical Gradens where there is a few healthy trees. Probably most easily identified by the cream coloured fruit with large seed bearing a distinctive pattern.
The flowers look rather unusual, like little knobs. Upon closer inspection, it might be seen that the tepals (botanists call petal-like structures tepals when it is not clear what are petals and sepals) form a shealth around the anthers.
The fruits are large (~6cm across). The Czech botanist Karel Domin observed that aborigines used the species as food and alluded to this in the species epithet he gave the plant.
Some compounds isolated form the species are known to have cytotoxic (i.e. cell-killing) effects on a line of lung cancer cells (Davis et al. 2009).
Davis RA, Barnes EC, Longden J, Avery VM, Healy PC. 2009. Isolation, structure elucidation and cytotoxic evaluation of endiandrin B from the Australian rainforest plant Endiandra anthropophagorum. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry, 17(3), 1387-1392.