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Blue quandong

Elaeocarpus angustifolius

Description:

Bush tucker. A tall tree with buttress roots bearing small blue edible fruit. They have a large fruit and taste similar to a plum in my opinion.

Habitat:

Cairns botanical gardens

Notes:

Quandong can refer to several plants, particularly a red fruited plant found further south, also bush tucker. http://www.abc.net.au/site-archive/rural... http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01... I've added some cassowaries. not sure if they are real though because they wouldn't have chicks and eggs at the same time =)

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5 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you Professor Scott. I suspect that I have mistaken these two blue fruit and that the edible quandong is not a cassowary plum at all. I will remove the reference to this term from my description because I no longer believe it is accurate.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Interesting, Martin! Cerbera floribunda is also called cassowary plum and eaten by cassowaries (but not humans!). See http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/778... . I'm seeing IT called a "cassowary egg" on a couple of sites but all the cassowary eggs I've seen in person have been green :-) Here's another link you may find interesting http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shorts...

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks NRM4434
Thanks ChunXW
I've added a cassowary for you - the eggs are blue too

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

So that's where cassowaries get their blue color from !

NRM4424
NRM4424 7 years ago

They look really cool

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 28, 2013
Submitted on Dec 1, 2013

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