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Banyalla (fruit)

Pittosporum bicolor

Description:

About 22mm long; flesh is very red, segmented, viscid, 'wings' are the two halves of the fruit covering opened up to 90 degrees. The tree was about 6 metres tall; leaves opposite, pointy and long.

Habitat:

In very tall eucalyptus rain forest.

Notes:

This is an endemic to our area and is also called 'Tallow-wood'. It is closely related to the common 'Sweet pittosporum' - Pittosporum undulatum which has the common name of 'Australian cheesewood'. The two species have been known to hybridise. Distribution in Australia http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Tallow-woo... The same species in a different location showing the whole plant http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/171... Thanks to Jason Alexander for finding this ID

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Cheesewood / Banyalla
Pittosporum bicolor Pittosporum bicolor (Cheesewood) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


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15 Comments

injica
injica 8 years ago

gr8 Jason, I was really curious too ;)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Welcome, I was very curious to know this fruit :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

..although there's something tangled up with the Flickr link ID but I'll sort it out. (Cheesewood is not P.bicolor on Wiki) - thanks again.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fantastic Jason - thanks for that ID.

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Bizarre! I've never seen one of those.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Maria, injica.

injica
injica 8 years ago

Wonderful! Probably poisonous since it looks so attractive ;)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Interesting spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Possibly Pittosporum revolutum - apparently indigenous peoples used to eat it. Going back for more pics of the plant...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I thought about it Sergio... but if it's they only untouched fruit in a forest full of hungry creatures would you? 8-)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

It looks tasty, is it edible?

JC_Forester
JC_Forester 8 years ago

The wings remind me of Mickey Mouse ears!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Mayra and Gerardo. It's a fun spotting.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow great find Argy :)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 6, 2013

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