Burdekin Plum
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Burdekin Plum
D Introduced Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Burdekin Plum
Botanical name: Pleiogynium timoriense    Family: Anacardiaceae (Cashew family)
Synonyms: Spondias pleiogyna, Pleiogynium solandri , Icica timoriensis

Burdekin Plum is a semi-deciduous large tree, that can naturally reach up to 20 m high with a plank buttresses, but in cultivation generally grows to approximately 12 m. It has a dense canopy with glossy dark green leaves 4-10 x 2-6 cm and rough dark bark. Stalk of the end leaflet significantly longer than those of the lateral leaflets. The tree has yellowish-green dioecious flowers. Flower sepals are about 0.6-1 mm long with ovate petals, about 1.7-3.8 mm long. Filaments are about 1.3-2.3 mm long. The fruit is depressed-obovoid, about 2.0-2.5 x 2.0-3.8 cm. The fruit's flesh is generally plum colored however, white varieties have been reported. The fruit is edible when ripe. Burdekin Plum is native to Malesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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