Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Prunus turneriana (F.M.Bailey) Kalkman
Kalkman, C. (1966) Blumea 13: 81.
Almondbark; Wild Almond; Almond; Joonda
An almond odour may be detected in the blaze. Blaze darkens markedly on exposure.
Racemes about 2.5-6 cm long, pedicels to about 1.5 mm long. Hypanthium about 2-3 mm long, pubescent outside. Perianth segments about 10-12, stamens about 20-30. Ovary densely hairy. Style up to about 5 mm long, quite hairy.
Fruits laterally compressed, subglobular to transversely ellipsoid, grooved on one side, about 17-30 x 18-32 x 10-26 mm. Mesocarp about 3 mm thick. Testa hairy. Freshly cut seeds smell like almonds.
Occurs in NEQ, widespread throughout the area. Altitudinal range from sea level to 1200 m. Grows in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites. This species in favoured by disturbance. Also occurs in New Guinea.
This species should be treated with caution as it is frequently recorded as having an almond odour ( HCN ) in various parts. The fruits should not be eaten.
Fruits eaten by Cassowaries, Fruit Pigeons, Herbert River Ringtail Possums and Musky Rat-kangaroos. Cooper & Cooper (1994).
Produces a useful general purpose timber.
Wood specific gravity 0.53. Cause et al. (1989).