Emu Apple tree/Desert Plum

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Some time back when I answered one of John and Vals posts I said I would post some photo's of a very old Emu Apple tree (Owenia Acidula)

The tree is estimated to be around 100 years old. There are couple of young ones around the base and I don't know whether they are seedlings or suckers. The original trees seed must have been left there in the droppings of an Emu.

It is approximately 40 feet tall and stands out because it is so healthy, most of the surrounding area is Gidgee, Mitchell and Buffle Grass .

I hope these photo's load ok as this is a new Apple (I don't miss mister microsoft one bit). Anyway hear goes.



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Reply By: Rockape - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 17:38

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 17:38
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Follow Up By: blue one - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 17:49

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 17:49
Good on ya Rocky

Wow just as spectacular as the Long Gum.

Where about's is it?

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 18:00

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 18:00
Well while I am on a run here we go again
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Follow Up By: blue one - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 18:35

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 18:35
Rocky

Focus mate

Where is the tree?

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 19:56

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 19:56
Hi Rocky,

Thanks for that post - I have seen those trees and not known what they were. Next time I will be better informed and hopefully one day might get to taste the fruit. Does your tree have fruit, if so what does it taste like? Where is your tree roughly - I gather that Owenia can be found right across the northern half of the continent.

Cheers,

Val.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 20:16

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 20:16
Val,
no I have never seen it fruit in the 11 years I have been there it has never produced, also I have never tasted the fruit either.

The tree is a magnificent specimen reaching a size that is over the normal range of the tree. It is located is the north west Queensland at the bottom of the Selwyn ranges between Trepell creek and the Hamilton river.

If you and John are over this way a trip down from Cloncurry through those ranges is worthwhile.

Have now spent 22 years in this area and I never get tired of it.

Have a good one and thanks for your photo's

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 20:44

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 20:44
Its on the list. We have only been down the bitumen from Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Kynuna etc. Next time will make a point of going through the ranges - that hilly country around Mt Isa looked fascinating so I'm guessing the Selwyn ranges are a bit similar?.

Thanks for bringing this area to our attention.

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Val.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 20:54

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 20:54
Forgot to ask - Is it OK to link this in to the wildflower blog?

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:09

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:09
Forgot to ask - Is it OK to link this in to the wildflower blog?

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:24

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:24
Well you inspired me Rockmeister,

I've finally gotten around to doing a blog on the cousin of this tree and another Owenia - The Desert Walnut (Owenia reticulata). It's such a distinctive tree and made a fair impression on us when we saw it for the first time in 2009. Have been meaning to do it for ages so thanks mate. I've done it.

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:31

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:31
Val,
cause you can link it, and Micko i do read the blogs and go for it.

I just have problems with my thumbs , plus my mouth.

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