Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Pisonia umbellifera (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Seem.
Seemann, B.C. (1862) Bonplandia 10 : 154.
Birdlime Tree; Cabbagewood; Pisonia
Frequently a crooked, short boled tree. Blaze rather soft +/- the texture of a potato (Solanum tuberosum), darkening on exposure.
Leaves generally crowded at the ends of the branchlets in groups of about 2-5. Leaf bearing twigs usually green. Leaf blades often rather large, about 10-25 cm long. Young shoots and terminal buds clothed in very short, dark brown hairs.
Fruits very sticky when ripe, about 30 x 6 mm, 4-angled, the angles glandular and secreting a sticky exudate. Cotyledons folded and rolled parallel to the long axis.
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A20526.htm)
Leaf, bark and stem material of this species was active against some tumors. Collins et al. (1990).