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Australian Botanic Garden




Hernandia bivalvis

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February

Common name grease nut, cudgerie
Scientific name Hernandia bivalvis Benth.
Family  Hernandiaceae
Etymology

Genus: After Fransisco Hernandez, 16th century Spanish physician and naturalist.

Species: Refers to the two overlapping bracts which surround the seed.

Distribution Restricted to around Brisbane and near Biggenden in Queensland.
Native habitat A few remnant patches of dry rainforest and vine scrub.
Description

Tall shrub to small tree with a compact crown.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in spring, fruits in late summer to early autumn.

Location in Garden

Along the path from the Bowden Centre to the Garden Shop.

 

The spectacular and unusual fruit - lime fleshy, overlapping bracts which age to orange or red, make this an outstanding small tree for gardens especially in subtropical and temperate regions.

The common name refers to the edible seed which contains up to 65% oil - these were roasted and eaten by Aborigines.

 

 

 

 

Hernandia bivalvis

Hernandia bivalvis

Hernandia bivalvis