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Botanical expert needed: ID this prickly orange plant/fruit?

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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

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So I've tried every combination of "prickly orange fruit" "thorny orange rainforest plant" etc that I could think of, but I just can't get Google to tell me what this particular strange plant/fruit is. Hopefully someone here is either a botanical expert, or local to an area where these things grow and can tell me what it is.

I shot that photo at Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park in late July. The closest I've come with googling was the "durian", but none of the pictures of a durian I've seen showed it to be orange, and they all grew in regular looking pretty high trees, while this thing was at roughly eye-level, and although I don't remember much of the rest of the plant, the leaves you can see around it definitely don't look regular.

2. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 10y

I can't help you with what it is but I do know that there are a couple of exotic fruit farms in the Daintree (Cape Tribulation) area - they maybe able to help you with the id.

Here is one I have actually stayed at - they maybe able to help you or point you in the right direction.

Hope you find an answer from someone soon.

With regards


3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi Sander,
What size is the fruit?
Time of year the pic was taken?
It looks more like a flower from the pic than a fruit to me.
I'm hopeless with names, but i know someone who's into their plants.
So i'll print it and ask them, but it'll help to have the size/month/location (shaded,steep bank,).

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Yup, that is definitely not a durian by the look of the leaves and thorns. It's probably one of the wild fruits in the forest.

Durian trees grow tall in the wild. However, there are modified species that are less than 5 metres tall and are grown in the orchards.

5. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

try here :
If you've not already,

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Quoting Jase007

Hi Sander,
What size is the fruit?
Time of year the pic was taken?

Late July (the 31st, to be exact). It was sized a little smaller than my hand. Elongated, not perfectly round. It was the only fruit/flower of the kind I saw. It was standing at the top of a small 'hill' right near (~2 meters away?) the edge of a small cliff down to a creek. In the shade of pretty large trees all around it. (Might have been getting some direct sunlight from the gap in the canopy caused by the creek though; I'm uncertain, as it was raining at the time.)
Might also be helpful: Mossman Gorge has the reputation of containing some of the most "primitive" forms of plants in the Daintree Rainforest, and hence in the world.

Thanks for the links - I'll check them out.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Woo! Found it!
Pandanus Monticola. I just went to that db Taffski linked to and searched on _all_ photos of fruits and flowers until I came to that one, and it's it. "Typically, the fruit changes from green to bright orange or red as it matures." and this site has some perfectly fitting pictures. Thanks all!

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 6, 2006 4:44 AM by Sander ]