Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Idiospermum australiense (Diels) S.T.Blake
Blake, S.T. (1972) Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium 12: 5.
Idiot Fruit; Ribbonwood; Idiospermum
Blaze darkening on exposure. Living bark very bitter when chewed and probably quite poisonous.
Leaf blades about 10-17 x 3.5-5.5 cm. Lateral veins slightly raised on the upper surface, curved throughout their length, but not forming definite loops.
Fruits large, depressed globular, about 5-5.5 x 6-6.5 cm. Seeds large, about 4-5 x 5-6 cm. Cotyledons three or four, large, thick and fleshy.
Distribution and Ecology
Natural History & Notes
Based on field evidence the fruits of this species is poisonous to cattle. Everist (1974). Other parts of this species are also likely to be poisonous.
Calycanthus australiensis Diels, Bot. Jahrb. 48: 10(1912), Type: Qld, Russel River, Harvey Creek, 6 June 1902, Diels 8548. Holo: B destroyed. Neo: Harvey Creek, 19 Jul. 1998, S. Worboys SJW346. Holo: BRI.
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