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Planchonia careya - Cocky Apple

Species: Planchonia careya.

Common name: Cocky Apple
Botanic name: Planchonia careya
Family: Lecythidaceae

Planchonia careya is a small tree, 4-10 metres high, which is briefly deciduous in the dry season. Bark is grey, rough, slightly corky and fissured.

Leaves are egg-shaped or spatula-shaped, tapering to the base, shiny light green above, dull beneath, softly leathery, margins having rounded teeth, 2.5-10 cm x 3-6 cm. The leaves turn rusty-orange before falling.

Flowers are large, white and fleshy with numerous pink and white stamens 5-6 cm long. Flowering is quite prolific but not readily apparent as the flowers open in the evening and usually fall by morning.

Flowering period is late spring through summer. The fruit is green, egg-shaped and smooth to 9 cm x 4 cm. Seeds are contained in a fibrous, cheesy flesh and the fruit was popular with Aborigines. Many parts of the plant were used for a wide range of medicinal purposes. As indicated by the common names, the fruit is readily eaten by cockatoos and goats.

This species is not widely cultivated but should be suited to tropical areas.

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