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Persoonia falcata (Wild Pear or Geebung)

This small tree is commonly found growing in open woodland country, particularly in the pindan around Broome and widespread throughout the Dampier Peninsula. It also occurs in NT and Qld. The small flowers are yellow or cream in colour. Between November and February a small marbel-sized fruit is produced. These tiny fruit ripen after falling to the ground, turning from green to yellowish green. When ripe the fruit is very sweet and can be eaten raw. The seed and skin of the fruit shoud not be eaten though. The bark and the leaves were also used by Kimberley Aboriginal people as a medicine. An infusion was made to relieve sore throats and colds. The inner bark was soften in water and then used to bathe sore eyes.


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