Carumbium pallidum Müll.Arg.
Carumbium platyneuron Müll.Arg.
Carumbium populifolium (Graham) Benth. & F.Muell.
Carumbium sieberi Müll.Arg.
Homalanthus goodenoviensis Airy Shaw
Common Name: Bleeding Heart
Bleeding heart is an erect, evergreen shrub or small tree with an open and spreading crown[
]. It grows 5 - 12 metres tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a dye plant[
]. It is a very important pioneer species and is also occasionally cultivated as an ornamental, valued especially for the large, heart-shaped leaves, up to 30cm across, that are found on young trees[
Australasia - northern Australia to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Lowland and lower montane forest regrowth, secondary forest, well drained or swamp forest, on ridges, riversides, from sea level up to elevations of 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Found in the wild growing on coral rubble, sandy soil and brown loam[
Trees are fast-growing, but fairly short-lived[
]. They can be 3 metres tall at the end of their first year from seed[
A natural and important pioneer species within its native range, the tree quickly invades cleared land and fresh clearings in the forest. A short-lived tree, it quickly provides the shelter needed to allow the more permanent forest trees to become established, and then dies off to allow those species the necessary space to grow to full size[
]. It is used as a pioneer tree in landscape rehabilitation projects[
A black dye is obtained from the bark and leaves[
]. It is used for staining baskets and other items made from rattan and Corypha palms[
Seed - it has a short viability and so needs to be sown as soon as it is ripe[
Cuttings root easily[
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