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Dinosperma erythrococcum – Tingletongue (seed)

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Dinosperma erythrococcum is a member of the Rutaceae family, native to QLD and NSW, usually in drier rainforest. Can grow to 20 metres tall.

The common name Tingletongue refers to the tingling sensation when a small piece of leaf or bark is chewed, reminiscent of Spilanthes, except it is more fragrant and more intense. The essential oil composition of the leaves is exquisite. Also a food source for larval stages of the Orchard Butterfly.

Dinosperma erythrococcum gave leaf oil with four different forms being detected, all of which were either mono- or sesquiterpenoid in nature (Brophy et al, 2004). Some papers indicate novel and insecticidal isobutylamides present in Dinosperma erythrococcum.

Care and Cultivation of Dinosperma erythrococcum

Plant Dinosperma erythrococcum seeds 5mm under the surface of a well drained seed raising mix in full sun or part shade. Keep moist until germination in 1-2 weeks. Drought tolerant once established.

5 seeds per packet


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