Common Name: Bush Plum
Tree growing on a golf course in Australia
Photograph by: Ian Sutton
Bush plum is a slender, evergreen tree growing up to 6 metres tall[
]. A root hemi-parasite, it obtains water and nutrients from host plants growing close by and does not grow well in the absence of a host[
The plant is a source of sandalwood oil, widely used in perfumery, soaps etc. The tree also yields an edible fruit, eaten locally.
Australia - all mainland states.
Rocky ground, occasionally near the coast in drier areas[
]. Drier areas on sand dunes, rocky hillsides, scrub and limestone areas[
]. Grows in a wide range of woodland communities, from sandy sites to rocky hillsides[
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A plant of the subtropics to tropical zones.
A semi-parasitic plant, obtaining some of its nutriment from the roots of other plants[
]. The plant has green leaves containing chlorophyll, and is thus able to photosynthesize - it relies on host plants only for water and soil nutrients, not for sugars, which it can produce itself [
]. In a natural situation, the plant seems to rely on nitrogen fixing trees such as Acacia and Casuarina, though it is known to parasitize many other legumes, shrubs, herbs and grasses[
]. It normally has more than one host at a time[
Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweetish[
]. A very agreeable taste[
]. The dark blue or purple fruit is 7 - 15mm long[
Antirheumatic, narcotic, purgative[
]. It is also used in the treatment of boils, sores etc[
An essential oil is obtained from the wood[
]. A source of sandalwood oil, it is used in perfumes, incense, and medicines.
The leaves are burnt in campfires in order to repel mosquitoes[
The yellowish wood is dense, close-grained, aromatic, easy to polish[
]. It is used for carving, making small ornamental items etc.
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