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Information for Cassowary Plum - Cerbera floribunda

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Cassowary Plum
Cerbera floribunda

Producing the large blue, egg shaped fruit that is a favourite of Cassowaries, this tree is reliant on the Cassowary to spread the seed through the rainforest.

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Cassowary Plum - Dropped, ripe fruit, just waiting for a Cassowary - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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The seed is unlikely to germinate unless it has passed through the cassowary, just one of the many symbiotic relationships of the Daintree Rainforest.

The fruit is poisonous to most animals (including people) but the cassowary can digest it.

The tree can grow to 30 metres and produces white flowers with a red centre. The large, glossy green leaves have a distinctive arrangement in "whorls" with new growth often red.