Family : Lecythidaceae
The Cocky Apple is a smaller tree growing to about 10 metres, often straggly in appearance. Leaves are very distinctive with a broad, round leaves that taper to the base. It is light green with new growth appearing as a reddish pink colour. Old leaves turn bright red before they fall in June – July, sometimes turning the entire plant bright red.
Flowers are large, pink and white with an abundance of stamens and a strange musky fragrance. These flowers come out after dusk and usually fall from the tree in the early morning. Fruit is smooth and fleshy. They are pale green when they ripen and contain numerous seeds in a thick pulp.
This tree can be found along fringes of coastal dunes and in the scrub. Many varieties of butterflies and moths use this tree for a home and larval stages, including the Hawk moth. It is pollinated by bats.
|Flowers||July to October|
|Fruit||November to March|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Butterflies, Moths and Others|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry or Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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