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Syzygium alliiligneum
Syzygium alliiligneum near Mission Beach, Queensland
Scientific classification

Syzygium alliiligneum is a species of plant in the family Myrtaceae. Common names include Mission Beach satinash, onionwood, puddenwood, bark in the wood, roly poly, and watergum.


Large rainforest tree, up to 30 metres (98 ft) in height; grey bark, cream-colored flowers and abundant small (40 by 35 millimetres (1.6 by 1.4 in)) red fruit. Species name from the Latin allium, for "garlic", and lignum, for "wood". Cross-section shows onion-like rings of bark in the timber.

Distribution and Habitat

Endemic to North East Queensland, Australia, between Cape Tribulation and Tully, in lowland rainforest to 700m abl.


Fallen fruits are eaten by the southern cassowary, and are also edible by humans.

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