A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
This is the trunk of a youngish tuckeroo tree, or carrotwood, or beach tamarind, or Cupaniopsis anacardioides. The trunk in the picture is around 18cm (7inches) across, and here to show you the bark pattern, which looks almost like army camouflage. Tuckeroos are native to eastern and northern Australia, usually near beaches and estuaries – or as in the case of this one, on quiet little islands like ours. There’s something of a ‘European’ feel about their fairly dense and shady foliage. The fruit turns yellow when ripe, and is said to be edible, but, um, well...
Anyway, here’s a wider shot of a different, more mature tuckeroo on a corner of Lamb Island: