Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 08/20/2016


Photo taken on June 15, 2016



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cassowary plum
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Cassowary Plum

Cassowary Plum
This is a Cassowary Plum, a favorite food of the Cassowary, the large flightless bird of Queensland. We photographed these while following the trails at the Jindalba Rainforest Walk. There were a lot of the fruits, some of them partially eaten, though whether by Cassowaries we could not tell. We did see a Cassowary, but not here. These fruits are toxic to humans but the Cassowaries are immune to the toxins. In fact, the digestive system of the Cassowary does something to the fruits that helps them germinate.

TKJ1966, Rambonp, tiabunna, Nora Caracci VERY BUSY and 18 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Cerbera floribunda, commonly known as cassowary plum, grey milkwood, brebong, biegbau or babai, is a species of Cerbera native to New Guinea and Tropical North Queensland in Australia. It is a favourite food of North Queensland’s iconic flightless bird, the southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius).

The cassowary plum can grow to about 30 meters. At the age of three years, it begins to produce white flowers with red centers, which become the signature fruits. The fruit is egg shaped, large, smooth, and blue.

An interesting find Ron.
15 months ago.
Andreas Z. has replied to Stormlizard
Thankks for the information on bird and plant!
15 months ago.
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
Une curiosité.. cette graine bleu...
bon W/end Ron
15 months ago.
Schussentäler
Schussentäler
very interesting
15 months ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Many birds can eat berries toxic to us humans. But this is a really huge berry and looking much like regular yummy prunus. I'd not feel safe supervising little european kids in that environment!
15 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome capture!
15 months ago.
Martine
Martine
Merci pour ce commentaire si instructif et cette belle photo.
15 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
Astonishing fact, thank you for the note, great picture !
15 months ago.
♥ Luna ♥
♥ Luna ♥
Qué bonito!!!
15 months ago.
Neal Hanko
Neal Hanko
Another strange Aussie thing
15 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Magnifique et superbement rendu ,je découvre cet aliment .
15 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
Happy weekend.
15 months ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Fun find! Luv the blue color to the "plums" =)
15 months ago.
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nice one!
15 months ago.
(*NIKonGT*)
(*NIKonGT*)
really exciting and very BLUE :-) beautiful. Have a good weekend
15 months ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Impressive tone of blue
15 months ago.
Christiane
Christiane
How interesting !
Very, very strange fruit indeed !
15 months ago.
8adam8
8adam8
Fantastische Aufnahme. Wundervolle Farben und Details! Sehr interessante Erklärung. Danke schön, Ron!
15 months ago.
Cécile2016
Cécile2016
Beautiful colours, very nice shot, Ron.

;-)
15 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Very weird but fascinating info !
15 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Strange fruit !!!

Many seeds actually need to go through a digestive system to germinate well. Without putting too fine a point on it... they get planted in manure on the way out !!
15 months ago.
Martin Humphreys
Martin Humphreys
Great clarity in this image Ron.
15 months ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
another thing new to me, I find very odd the blue !
14 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Well found and taken, Ron. Hope you didn't get too close to the cassowaries, they can be temperamental.
14 months ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
14 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
What an interesting fruit and great information about the symbiotic relationship between bird and plant!
14 months ago.