Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Antidesma ghaesembilla Gaertn.
Gaertner, J. (1788) De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum 1: 189. Type: Ghaesembilla zeylon. E collect. sem. hort. lugdb.
Black Currant Tree; Onjam; Koontjir; Dempool; Blackcurrant
Male and female flowers about 1 mm diam. Disk pubescent in both male and female flowers.
Fruits small, about 4-5 mm long. Persistent calyx not disk-like.
Cotyledons elliptic, about 8 x 5 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: petioles hairy; stipules filiform, 1-2 mm long, hairy. Seed germination time 28 to 29 days.
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 600 m. Grows in gallery forest, monsoon forest and closed forest often on heavy soils subject to water-logging during the wet season. Also occurs in Asia and Malesia.
The rather acid fruits are eaten by children. Corner (1988).