ⓘ Cerbera floribunda

                                     

ⓘ Cerbera floribunda

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.

The cassowary plum can grow about 30 meters. At the age of three, he begins to produce white flowers in July with red centers, which become the signature fruit. The fruit is ovoid, large, smooth, and blue, and Matures January.

Cassowary cassowaries usually eat plums, hence the name. Draining the SAP is poisonous to most animals, including humans, but not cassowaries, which consume the fruit with no negative consequences for their short and fast digestive system, which passes the fruit relatively intact. Cassowarys in the stomach also contains a unique blend of digestive enzymes, making it immune to toxins. Cassowary plums have a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. Plum provides food for the cassowary, while the cassowary spreads the seeds on trees. The bird eats the plums whole and passes them mostly intact. Cassowarys in the stomach is said to massage the fetus, helping it grow. The cassowary plum is likely to grow after they have been through a cassowary.

Still one of the few animals that can eat the fruit is the white-tailed rat Uromys caudimaculatus. However, it does not promote the growth of the seed like a cassowary as his tears poisonous skin and feeds on the seeds inside.