Parmentiera aculeata (Kunth) Seem.
Seemann, B.C. (1854) Botany of the Voyage of the Herald : 183. Type: Mexico (?); Central America.
Cuachilote; Cow-okra; Food Candle Tree; Candle Tree
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub but grows into a small poorly formed, rather straggly tree usually less than 30 cm dbh. Blaze finely layered.
Cotyledons lobed, about 6 x 6 mm, apex deeply emarginate, base +/- truncate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves usually trifoliolate and the petiole winged; leaflets attenuate at the base; foveoles present on the underside; stem pale, marked by paler vertically elongated lenticels. Seed germination time 11 to 13 days.
An introduced species, originally from Mexico and Central America, now naturalised in NEQ in the Cairns-Gordonvale area and cultivated occasionally on the Atherton Tableland. Probably introduced because of its edible fruits. Altitudinal range from sea level to 750 m. Found at old settlement sites and in disturbed areas of gallery forest.