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ISLAND APPLE (Dysoxylum pachyphyllum )
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Island apple

Dysoxylum pachyphyllum  Island apple      Family MALVACEAE

 

An endemic tree, stunted and 2m on ridges to 8m in the forest. The most striking feature is the floral stalk coming out of the trunk, often almost at ground level, especially prominent when in fruit. Found from sea level to the summits, common. From a genus of rainforest trees of north east Australia, south‑west Pacific Islands, South Asia, Malesia and New Zealand. One Australian species (D. fraserianum) is known as Rosewood and is prized for its red timber for furniture making.

Leaves compound, pinnate with up to 12 leaflets; oblong‑elliptic 10cm x 4cm, on a short stalk, slightly asymmetric. Flowers (Feb‑Aug) 20 to 30 light green flowers, 10mm long, tubular with petals rolled back, on a 40cm long stalk out from trunk or branch. Fruit in clusters along stalk, globular, brown, hard, 4cm; 4 large shiny black seeds inside.

 
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