Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng.
Sprengel, C.P.J. (1824) Systema Vegetabilium 1 : 826.
Currant Tree; Bignay; Bignay China Laurel; Currantwood; Cherry, Herbert River; Cherry, Wild; Chinese Laurel; Herbert River Cherry; Wild Cherry; Salamander Tree
Blaze layering usually quite conspicuous, consisting of alternate cream and pink layers.
Male and female flowers about 2 mm diam. Disk hairy in both male and female flowers.
Fruits large, about 12-25 mm long.
Cotyledons elliptic to almost orbicular, about 12-14 x 9-10 mm, base cuneate to obtuse, apex obtuse. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces along the midrib; scattered hairs visible with a lens elsewhere; petiole hairy; stipules filiform, about 10-12 mm long, hairy. Seed germination time 168 to 178 days.
The fruit of this species is used in North Queensland to make jams or syrups and was once very popular and sought after.
However, some people apparently find the fruits bitter and completely inedible. Henkin & Grillis (1977).