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pear tree, Terminalia platyphylla

olphan (uk -/egng -)
olban (ug -/egng -)
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola

Pear tree, Terminalia platyphylla

The pear tree, Terminalia platyphylla (family Combretaceae), is a tree with large, broad leaves and strong-smelling cream flower spikes. It is found in the scrub along watercourses in the gulf country.

The fruit of this tree is edible. Also, the sap hardens on the trunk and is eaten as toffee. For more information on plant food and the traditional subsistence of Aboriginal people in central Cape York Peninsula, see the Edible plant products page.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.