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Tuckeroo (fruiting)

Cupaniopsis anacardioides

Description:

Cupaniopsis anacardioides, commonly known as tuckeroo, carrotwood, beach tamarind and green-leaved tamarind, is a species of flowering tree in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae, that is native to eastern and northern Australia. The fruit is an orange to yellow capsule with three lobes. There is a glossy dark brown seed inside each lobe. The seeds are covered in a bright orange aril. Fruit ripens from October to December, attracting many birds including Australasian figbird, olive-backed oriole and pied currawong. (Wikipedia)

Habitat:

Street trees at the Metroplex on Gateway estate, Murarrie, Brisbane. The usual habitat is littoral rainforest on sand or near estuaries.

Notes:

I've made dozens of spotting at this location, many of which have been associated with this species of tree. Animals and insects, including various bird species, snakes, possums, ants, stink bugs, etc., have all benefited from the habitat that these trees provide. PS: This is a good tree at home but a bad one abroad. It's an invasive species in some parts of the United States, particularly in Florida and Hawaii.

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Murarrie, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 20, 2020
Submitted on Nov 20, 2020

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