Davidsonia pruriens is a medium sized, slender tree with huge ornamental leaves that can be 1 metre or more long[
]. In the rainforest it is a slender tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall, but in a more open position it tends to be more spreading and only 4 - 5 metres tall[
Considered by many to be the best of Australia's wild fruits, it is often gathered from the wild for local use. The tree is also sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens.
The pink, new growth of the leaves has soft but irritant hairs[
Hydrogen cyanide has been reported from this species and the consumption of the fruit has sometimes resulted in vomiting and epigastric pain[
Australia - Queensland.
Various types of wetter, primary rainforests, at elevations from sea level to 1,000 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in tropical and subtropical climates[
]. Plants are hardy to at least 0°c[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. A nice, acid flavour[
]. The very sour pulp is exquisitely tangy[
]. Occasionally eaten raw, the fruit is more commonly used for making delicious jellies and preserves[
]. The medium sized, dark purple fruit is very similar in appearance to a plum[
]. The fruit is about 50mm in diameter. The fruit is borne in large clusters that can be in excess of 100 fruits[
]. Some caution should be exercised - see notes above on known hazards[
Seed - it germinates within a few weeks if sown fresh[
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