Linkia falcata (R.Br.) Kuntze
Persoonia falcata is a shrub or small tree growing from 1 - 9 metres tall[
The fruit was a popular food of the Australian Aborigines[
]. The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.
Watercourses, sandstone cliffs and rocks, sometimes in gorges, growing in sand, sandstone and alluvium[
]. Mainly in Eucalyptus woodland, but also in Melaleuca woodland, mixed woodland, or the margins of vine thickets, and occasionally in heath[
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A plant of the lowland tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 900 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 38°c, but can tolerate 2 - 41°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 600 - 1,400mm, but tolerates 450 - 1,750mm[
Grows best in a sunny position, tolerating light shade[
]. Plants are found in the wild in well-drained substrata, most commonly in sand derived from sandstone or granite, or on dunes, but also in lateritic soils or on stony hillsides and rarely in clay[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5 - 6, tolerating 4.5 - 6.5[
The plant has epicormic buds[
]. These are dormant leaf shoots on the main bole that are sometimes stimulated into growth, often through damage to the crown of the tree[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet-tasting, fibrous pulp, it is a bit like eating sweet cotton wool[
]. The pale green, round fruits are 7 - 20mm in diameter[
An infusion of the leaves and bark are used as a treatment against sore throat and colds[
The wood can be used or small posts and ornamental items[
The wood is used for fuel[
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