Yurrulk

(YOOD-oolk)

Green Plum

Buchanania obovata

Description

A tree to 6 m high; leaves large, dull green; flowers cream, small; fruit green, soft when ripe, 2 cm diameter. Found in open forest and woodland. Flowers September-November. Fruit November-January.

Uses

The fruit are eaten when they are ripe (pale green but soft to touch). They are very tasty and much sought after when fruiting in barlihaj and early yirrung, from December to February. The name wagamung refers to tall plants and yurrulk to smaller plants which tend to produce large amounts of fruit.

(Source: Blake, N., Wightman, G., and Williams, L. 1998. Iwaidja Ethnobotany, p. 43. Darwin. NT Botanical Bulletin No. 23, Parks and Wildlife Commission, Darwin.)