Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February
|Common name ||grease nut, cudgerie|
|Scientific name ||Hernandia bivalvis Benth.|
|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.
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