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.