Buchanania arborescens (Anacardiaceae)

Buchannania arborescens

Having edible fruits and being distributed widely here and in the South East Asian tropics, this coastal-near coastal rainforest tree has acquired many common names including Green Plum, Buchanania, Jam Jam, Satinwood, Lightwood, Little Gooseberry-tree, Otak Udang. Aboriginal people of the Kuku Yalangi tribe were undoubtedly familiar with the plant and called it ‘bunday’ (I might be mis-spelling it here), while the Yidinyji people called it ‘gilara’.

Besides having rewarding fruits, the Green Plum is a handsome tree and has already received some attention as an ornamental. It bears some superficial similarities to the mango tree, of which it is a relative. This is best seen when comparing a flowering mango with a flowering Green Plum and will serve as a good introduction to the gist of the mango family, in particular the simple-leaved ones.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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