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Elaeocarpus obovatus (ELAEOCARPACEAE) Hard Quandong

Foliage and green fruit

Hard Quandong
Photo: Robert Whyte

A medium to large tree suitable for larger gardens and windbreaks, common pioneer and remnant. Attractive in both flower and fruit.

"Hard" propably refers to the wood, which is harder than the grandis.

Host plant for larvae of Fiery Jewel (Hypochrysops ignita).

Said to be fast growing but not particularly so in the wild in the Enoggera catchment in recent dry years may need better rainfall to perform well.

Flowers


Hard Quandong
Photo: Robert Whyte

White, bell shaped flowers September to November, sometimes spectacular, masses of small flowers being delicate, fringed and lampshade-like -- similar to but smaller than the flowers of E. grandis.

Fruit


Hard Quandong
Photo: Robert Whyte

Fruit is a blue drupe Jan to Apri attractive to birds, especially silvereyes. Aborigines made necklaces out of the seed after eating the flesh.

Germination seemingly impossible in the nursery - cuttings strike readily.