Elaeocarpus bancroftii (Elaeocarpaceae)

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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.

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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.

Elaeocarpus bancroftii


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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