The Quandong is a parasitic
plants that attach themselves to the roots of other plants, eventually growing
into a small tree that grows up to 5 m high. It has a rough dark bark and sometimes yellowish
green leathery leaves, lanceolate, often curved measuring between 30-90 mm long
and 3-12 mm wide.
Prized by Aborigines and early settlers alike, the fruit is rich in vitamin C.
The Aborigines ate both the sharp-tasting flesh and the
kernel of the large stone, although there is a toxin in the seed that is removed
by roasting, and appears to decays over time. There is also some evidence that
the seed is used for medicinal purpose.
The wrinkled looking seed case was also
used in the game Chinese checkers. The early settlers made the fruit into
jams, jellies and pies.