Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Black Apple

Pouteria australis (syn: Planchonella australis)

Black apple - Pouteria australisThe black apple is a member of the tropical fruit family Sapotaceae. Its large black-skinned fruit contains a white stringy flesh which, although bland to the human palate, is readily sought after by fruit-eating animals. The dark brown, fluted trunks of these trees are a common sight along Mary Cairncross' tracks and they are often easily identified by the many shoots and leaves they produce on the lower part of the trunk. Black apple is a slow growing, medium sized tree with dense timber. Aborigines ate the fallen fruit and settlers gathered them for preserves.



(Illustration by Moira MacLachlan & Robyn Graham)


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Black apple - Bleeding heart - Blue quandong - Carronia vine - Cunjevoi
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