Fw: Off topic - Identification of a flowering shrub in Torres Strait

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Subject: Fw: Off topic - Identification of a flowering shrub in Torres Strait
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:43:49 +1000
Hi All,

The mystery shrub has been identified as /Ximenia americana /(Yellow Plum or Sea Lemon)

Many thanks for all the responses.


    > Hi All,
    > I?m hoping somebody might be able to point me in the right direction
    > regarding the ID of a flowering shrub on the northern islands of
    > Torres Strait, QLD. When flowering it is visited by both Dusky and
    > Red-headed Honeyeaters.
    > Most specimens are 2-3 m tall, woody (not brittle) with numerous
    > short, sharp,  slightly curved spines that project off the
    > The flowers are small white, rather furry/fluffy on the upper
    > of the petal. Each flower appears to have either four or five
    > Flowering has been observed in November when unripe green fruits are
    > also present. On Boigu Island it grows in a disturbed area
    > adjacent to mangroves. The area is probably inundated by extreme
    > spring tides so the shrub also appears to be salt tolerant.
    > A link to a couple of pictures (including a Red-headed
    Honeyeater) is here.
    > Thanks in advance,
    > Rohan
    > --
    > Rohan Clarke
    > <>

Rohan Clarke

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