Durobby or Coolamon


Scientific name: Syzygium moorei

Common names: coolamon, watermelon tree, durobby and robby

Overview: Syzygium moorei is a rare sub tropical rainforest tree, growing on volcanic soils in the Mount Warning area of north east New South Wales and south east Queensland.

An unusual factor of this tree is cauliflory, where flower and fruit form on the main stems or woody trunks rather than from new growth and shoots. The fruit is not pleasant to eat raw, but is an excellent ingredient in mixed preserves.

This tree is in many botanic gardens in Australia and a few mature specimens can still be seen in the farmland areas in their former range near streams at low altitude.

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