Mimusops elengi – Red Coondoo (plant)
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Mimusops elengi, also called Medlar, Spanish Cherry or Bullet Wood, is native to several countries around the world, including Australia. In India it is used in Ayurvedic medicine, treating snake-bite, tooth ache and as a contraceptive. The flowers are used as offering at temples, they have a delicious scent that lasts for several days; the oil is also extracted for perfumes. It is also known to have anti HIV and anti-fungal properties. It produces dyes superior to synthetic products and the plants are used in bonsai (J. Beasley, 2006). A member of the Sapotaceae family, Mimusops also has edible fruit, though the ones in Australia I have tasted are just palatable.
Care and Cultivation
Likes a full sun position and well-drained soil. Will respond well to regular watering over the warmer months. Appears to be tolerant of dry conditions and grows in littoral areas on sandy soils. Mentioned as being a good species for bonsai.
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