The Kuranda Quandong gets to become an impressive tree, but doesn’t appear to grow anywhere as fast as it’s famous cousin the Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius). However, the flowers of the Kuranda Quandong are large and showy, matched perhaps only by the rare Elaeocarpus stellaris.
The leaves of the Kuranda Quandong are leathery, somewhat oval, and with a long petiole. Like many Elaeocarps, the leaves wither red before falling.
The beautiful big and hard almond-like seeds of the Kuranda Quandong, bereft of it’s dull blue flesh. Many a native must have held these nuts in anticipation of getting to the flesh within. The flesh was extracted from the very hard endocarp using and special ‘Nut-stones’ that were sometimes left beneath the trees.