Buchanania obovata

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Buchanania obovata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Buchanania
Species: B. obovata
Binomial name
Buchanania obovata

Buchanania obovata is a small to medium-sized understorey tree in woodlands native to northern Australia.[2] Common names include green plum and wild mango.[3][4]

Leaves are smooth, thick, leathery, broadly oblong, 5–25 centimetres (2.0–9.8 in) long and 1.5–10 centimetres (0.59–3.94 in) wide. Flowers are small, cream-coloured and 0.5 centimetres (0.20 in) across. The fruit is smooth, fleshy, lens-shaped, 1–1.7 centimetres (0.39–0.67 in) long.

The species was formally described in 1883 based on plant material collected from Escape Cliffs in the Northern Territory by C. Hull.[2]


The fruit is traditionally eaten by Aborigines. The plant also has traditional medicinal uses.[5]


  1. ^ "Buchanania obovata Engl". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Buchanania obovata Engl". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ Hyland, B. P. M.; Whiffin, T.; Zich, F. A.; et al. (Dec 2010). "Factsheet – Buchanania obovata". Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants. Edition 6.1, online version [RFK 6.1]. Cairns, Australia: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through its Division of Plant Industry; the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Paczkowska, Grazyna (1996-05-01). "Buchanania obovata Engl". FloraBase. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ Brock, John (1988). Top End Native Plants. ISBN 0-7316-0859-3. 

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