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Fruit I.D.

Postby ofuros » Fri 21 Sep, 2018 5:01 pm

Can anyone ID these fruits...Tropical Northern Qld, Ngalba Bulal NP, Cedar Bay track.

Fruit/nut from a large broad tree, where the forest meets the sea...fits in the palm of your hand, tennis ball size.

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bumpy lumpy middle of the rainforest fruit/nut...

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or any of these...apart from the coconut. :wink:

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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby Pteropus » Sun 30 Sep, 2018 7:05 pm

Hi Ofuros,
Check out Calophyllum inophyllum for the first few photos
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calophyllum_inophyllum
http://www.northqueenslandplants.com/Au ... yllum.html
I’ll have a look on the others, but you should be able to generate a species list here and perhaps wrok out what they are -> https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/repo ... cies-list/
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby Pteropus » Sun 30 Sep, 2018 7:17 pm

Bumpy lumpy fruit might be a Flindersia
http://keys.trin.org.au/key-server/data ... leyana.htm

Little red fruit in the bottom pic might be an Alexandra palm (my first thought) but might not be either.
http://keys.trin.org.au/key-server/data ... andrae.htm
Unripe coconut on right. Ones in front could be figs? A bit hard to tell.
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby ofuros » Sun 30 Sep, 2018 8:50 pm

Thanks for your efforts, Pteropus.
Just put in a species list request for the NP. Cheers.
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby trekker76 » Sun 30 Sep, 2018 11:48 pm

Ofuros I will email this thread to a retired DPI scientist I know up here, his speciality is tropical fruits.
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby ofuros » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 4:38 am

Thanks very much Trekker76. Very kind of you to go out of your way.

As curious minds need to know, I also have a Aussie Rainforest fruits field guide by Wendy & William Cooper coming in the post...for future reference. It's even available as a eBook.
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby trekker76 » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 8:07 pm

No problem mate. funnily he just recommended the following. "Best reference is Cooper and Cooper Australian Rainforest Fruits. The field guide is good but I use the the main book"

Bty any chance you recall an estimate of the size of the mixed fruits in the picture and that lumpy looking green one? I will send through as well.
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby ofuros » Mon 01 Oct, 2018 9:10 pm

Rough guesstimates...

Lumpy bumpy 20cm long

Orange foreground 4cm diameter
Green middle 10cm diameter
Deep red middle 12cm diameter
Red on left 6cm diamer
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby trekker76 » Tue 02 Oct, 2018 5:34 pm

Ofuros, best guess.

Green lumpy oblong fruit is most likely a green Flindersia seed capsule - one of the Crow’s Ash/ Queensland Maple family
Tree with green seeds - Beach Calophyllum - Calophyllum inophyllum - Toxic
Large square sided seed is a Barringtonia asiatica - Toxic
5 Orange fruit - possibly one of the Cluster figs - Ficus spp. -
Red fruit not sure- did they have a single large round seed inside the thin woody shell?
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Re: Fruit I.D.

Postby ofuros » Tue 02 Oct, 2018 6:54 pm

Big thanks to you & your mate...I'll have to do a return trip & find some more strange fruit to post. :wink:
I usually dissect the fruit & see what surprise there is inside but not on this occasion. :roll:
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