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Family: Santalaceae
Santalum murrayanum

Citation: C. Gardner, Bull. For. Dept W. Aust. 44:9 (1929).

Synonymy: Eucarya murrayaria T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:100 (1838); this name is accepted despite the opinion of Farr, E. R., Leussink, J. A. & Stafleu, F. A. (ed.) (1979), Index Nominum Genericorum 2:647, that it was first validly published by Sprague, T. A. & Summerhayes, V. S. (1927), Ken, Bull. 1927:196; should their opinion be accepted, the correct name for this species would be Santalum persicarium F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 1:41 ( 1855); Fusanus persicarius (F. Muell.)Benth., Fl. Aust. 6:216 (1873). , Eucarya murrayana, Mida persicaria

Common name: Bitter quandong, ming.

Shrub or small tree usually under 4 m high; branchlets pendulous; leaves predominantly opposite but a few in whorls of 3 or alternate, pale-, dull- or greyish-green, linear to lanceolate, when young acute or acuminate with a short curved point, the older leaves with rather obscure lateral veins, 1.5-5 X 0.2-0.4 cm.

Flowers predominantly in axillary panicles shorter than the leaves, 3-4 mm long; perianth creamy to yellowish or red; disk scarcely lobed; style very short 3-lobed.

Drupe globular, brownish-red, 1.5-2.5 cm diam.; endocarp usually only slightly pitted; perianth caducous.

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Image source: fig. 85c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales. p. 227.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Jan.

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Biology: The seed is edible.

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