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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]

Buchanania obovata
Scientific classification
B. obovata
Binomial name
Buchanania obovata

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. (December 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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ Paczkowska, Grazyna (1 May 1996). "Buchanania obovata Engl". FloraBase. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  5. ^ Brock, John (1988). Top End Native Plants. ISBN 0-7316-0859-3.

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