Category Archives: Traditional Plant Use

Manihot esculenta (Euphorbiaceae)

Female flowers Manioc, as this plant is better known, deserves a whole book written on it for its gastronomic virtues. But for now, it is enough to say that this shrub is a gift to the world as it provides … Continue reading

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Leea novoguineensis (Vitaceae)

Known in Australia as the Bandicoot berry, this shrub is a well-known pioneer species, and related Leea species occur throughout Southeast Asia and Asia, usually also in successional habitats. The leaves of this species are alternate and two-times compound and … Continue reading

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Ficus pleurocarpa (Moraceae)

This endemic strangling fig tree, very descriptively named the banana fig, is one of FNQ’s more beautiful fig trees. The large and elongated (~5cm long) figs ripen into a nice dark red, and when you bite into one of them, … Continue reading

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Jagera pseudorhus (Sapindaceae)

This is the well-known foambark tree famed for the saponin foam that forms on the bark after heavy rain. It is usually found in lowland areas in coastal rain forest but can also be seen in upland rain forest. The … Continue reading

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Elaeocarpus bancroftii (Elaeocarpaceae)

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 … Continue reading

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Elaeocarpus angustifolius (Elaeocarpaceae)

The most famous Elaeocarpus species in the region is the Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius). The Blue Quandong is a culturally significant plant, because it is used as Bush food by indigenous Australians, and also the hard seeds are used as … Continue reading

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Entada rheedii (Fabaceae)

The matchbox bean is well known for their seeds which are used by aborigines and artists for seed jewellery. These seeds are true seafarers like the Nickernut (Caesalpinia bonduc) and are often washed up the shore where they germinate and … Continue reading

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