Parinari nonda, also called the Nonda Plum, is a perennial shrub or tree used to help
resotre previously mined landscapes at the Weipa Bauxite Mine in Northern Australia, operated by Rio Tinto Mining. It grows
in open forest near seal level and at low elevations under 400 meters.
It reaches 6 - 15 meters tall with weeping foliage but in drought conditions it may grow
only one or two meters tall. The timber is hard-wearing and can be used in building construction and as a source of fuel.
The Nonda Plum flowers from July to November with creamy yellow flowers, producing orange-brown
fruit until December. The fruit is rather dry and not particularly palatable. However, as it ripens in the dry seasin, it
has been used as a survival food for aborigines and early Australian explorers.
This illustration was created by NORTH DOWNS BOTANICAL ARTIST Debbie Craddock as part
of the PLANTS THAT RESORE collection housed at KEW GARDENS. The image was based on a herbarium specimen collected by Kew in
1974 from Marmoss Creek in Queensland, Northern Australia.
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