|Ruby Saltbush Enchylaena tomentosa Chenopodiaceae|
inland northern New South Wales.
Many saltbushes have luscious berries (these particular ones are very pleasant to eat),
though others have dry papery fruit.
|False Rosewood Synoum glandulosum Melicaceae, Nowra, New South Wales.|
Many rainforest fruits are distributed by bowerbirds and fruit pigeons.
|Native Raspberry Rubus parvifolius Rosaceae, Namadgi National Park near Canberra.|
We probably wouldn't argue with the birds over the previous couple of fruits,
but I certainly share their tastes with regard to this one!
|Quandong Santalum acuminatum Santalaceae, Pinnacles NP, Western Australia.|
Quandong jam is a traditional staple among inland European-Australians, recently 'rediscovered' and marketed.
|Dwarf Ballart, Exocarpos strictus Santalaceae, Pilliga NP, New South Wales.|
Here the true fruit is the hard seed at the tip of the red 'fruit' which is actually just a section of stem,
swollen, filled with sugar, red; different origin, same job.
|Mountain Plum Pine Podocarpos lawrencei Podocarpaceae, Namadgi National Park near Canberra.|
Here the seed is the large green structure on top of the red bird-attractor.
|New South Wales Christmas Bush, Ceratopetalum gummiferum Cunoniaceae, Nowra, New South Wales.|
Here the sepals, hitherto inconspicuous, have expanded and turned red to draw attention to the seeds.
|Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon, Namadgi National Park.|
The red elaiosome is full of desirable protein and fat; the ants haul the whole structure away and strip the
undesirable seed off before taking the elaiosome into the nest.
|Bleeding Heart Tree Omolanthus populifolius, Euphorbiaceae, Nowra, New South Wales.|
|Red Bloodwood (though several species are called that) Eucalyptus erythrophloia, Cooktown, north Queensland.|