Morinda citrifolia, Fam. Rubiaceae
A shrub or small tree, 3-10m high, with dense foliage and brown to dark grey, slightly rough bark.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Opposite, egg shaped or oval, smooth, leathery, glossy dark green, pointed tip, wavy margins, prominent veins and mid-rib, 10-30 x 5-15cm.
|Flower description:||White, tubular, sweetly perfumed, five star like petals, about 1-1.2 cm long, borne on globular heads in the leaf axils.|
|Fruit description:||Compound, irregular shaped, fleshy, green turning cream white when ripe, 5-10 x 4-6cm. Numerous brown seed embedded in the flesh.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, vine thicket.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New Guinea, Malesia, Asia, Pacific Islands.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Malesia, Asia, Pacific Islands.|
|Notes:||Needs well drained soil and best in a semi-shaded position. The fruit is edible, but has a rancid odour when ripe. Used in traditional medicines. Propagate from fresh seed.|
|Information sources:||Singapore National Parks (2022) Morinda citrifolia L. Flora and fauna web., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|