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Forest Quinine Long Leaved Bitter Bark Petalostigma Triloculare Seeds
Packet of 25+ wild harvested seeds!
Collected these on a recent road trip. Found a couple trees that were just loaded so we collected enough fruit for us, and a bit extra for you guys too. Great spot and I have marked it on the GPS, no doubt we will be back again some time down the track!
Anyway, enough of that, on to the tree. Really beautiful glossy, waxy leaved tree that looks a lot like an indoor ficus.
They do great in pots and produce masses of flowers and fruit for many months of the year.
The fruit are a lot like an Indian Gooseberry and just like them once the flesh fruit is removed, and the seed dries fully it explodes shooting the seeds out in all directions. I dry them in multiple paper bags with a teatowel sitting on top, one layer isn’t enough to stop the seeds punching though and bouncing around the lounge room.
The fruit and leaves of this plant have been used by many different Aboriginal groups historically as an antibacterial, antifungal and contraceptive agent, and modern science backs these findings.
The fruit have high levels of Quinine and I love a couple fruit crushed up in jug of water and ice(splash of vodka/moonshine doesn’t hurt either).
The inner bark is very bitter hence the name, and rubbed or taped onto wounds or infections like tropical ulcers it is said to speed healing times.
Very attractive tree, better than most imported ornamentals in my opinion. Once known as Petalostigma quadriloculare var. glabrescens, Petalostigma glabrescens, Petalostigma quadriloculare var. glabrescens, it is now normally called Petalostigma triloculare, or just Quinine berry.
Wild harvested by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!