Habit

to 15 metres along watercourses.

Has attractive foliage and edible white fruit (tastes like lemon rind).

Found from northern Victoria to Southern Queensland (temperate coastal regions and sub-tropical shorelines with natural rainfall greater than 600mm. Subtropical and dry rainforest -found along most scrubby watercourses.

Branchlets reddish, leaf scars distinct

Leaves have numerous obvious oil glands that emit a pleasant citrus smell when crushed. Rounded or notched at apex.

Bushfood advice says “put a few berries in your water bottle to get a nice tang”.

Fruit is a drupe 4 lobed like a star fruit and almost cubical with a white, cream or pale yellow exterior and smells like a lemon. Ripe July to October. Fruit approximately 20-25 mm in diameter with small dark seeds encased in husks.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Name and propagation

Pronounced ac-ro-NICK-ee-a from the Greek acros (terminal) and onyx (a claw) because of the way the curved flower petals look like claws. Oblongifolia from Latin oblonga oblong and folium a leaf, referring to the rectangular- shaped leaves.

Propagation from seed or cuttings. Seeds need to be separated from pulp. Germination can be difficult and takes 8-16 weeks..

Birds relish the fruit. Host plant for Orchard Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio aegeus).

Flower closeup. Photo: Robert Whyte

Link to Butterflies and Moths section – Australia is home to over 400 species of butterflies from five families: APILIONIDAE Swallowtails and Birdwings, NYMPHALIDAE Nymphs, Danaiids, Satyrs, Fritillaries, and Browns, PIERIDAE Whites and Yellows, LYCAENIDAE Blues and Coppers, HESPERIIDAE Darters and Skippers.