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Useful Tropical Plants

Owenia reticulata

F.Muell.

Meliaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Desert Walnut

Owenia reticulata
Collage of t`he plant and the ripening fruits
Photograph by: G. Byrne
Image used with the permission of the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Parks and Wildlife

General Information

Desert walnut is a tree growing from 4 - 14 metres tall.
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible seed and sap, which are eaten locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.

Habitat

Stony ridges, red sand dunes, plains[
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Title
Florabase
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Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
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0
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Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[
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Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. A pleasant flavour, but the seed shell is so hard, and so much force is needed to break it, that the seed is invariably crushed and only fragments are available to eat[
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Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The seed is usually roasted[
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Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

A sap-like liquid is obtained from the tree[
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Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Called 'marnta', it is somewhat reminiscent of golden syrup[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The syrup takes on a salty flavour upon crystallizing[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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