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Syzygium (Lillipilly)

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The genus comprises about 1200 flowering plant species, and has a native range that extends from Africa and Madagascar through southern Asia east.

There are 52 species are found in Australia and are generally known as lillipillies or brush cherries. Most species are evergreen trees and shrubs. Several species are grown as ornamental plants for their attractive glossy foliage, and a few produce edible fruit that are eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies.

The fruits from these trees vary from species to species in size, colour and shape. Most are crisp, pithy, fleshy, acidic and aromatic. Many are edible, if not delectable.

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Grey-headed Flying Fox

The Grey-headed Flying-fox is a canopy-feeding frugivore and nectarivore, which utilises rainforests, open forests, closed and open woodlands, Melaleuca swamps and Banksia woodlands. It also feeds on commercial fruit crops and on introduced tree species in urban areas. The primary food source is blossom from Eucalyptus and related genera but in some areas it also utilises a wide range of rainforest fruits. READ MORE

Southern Cassowary

Southern Cassowary play a critical role in rainforest ecosystem dynamics and are one of only a few frugivores that disperse large rainforest fruits and are the only long distance dispersal mechanism for large seeded fruits. Dung is large and often contains thousands of seeds. The Southern Cassowary is a "keystone" species for rainforest, a species whose conservation has significant flow-on effects for a variety of species and ecosystems. READ MORE

Mahogany Glider

The Mahogany Glider feeds mainly on the nectar and pollen from a wide variety of trees and understorey plants, supplemented by arthropods, fruit, plant exudates and honeydew. Important food species are sap from Acacia, Eucalyptus and Melaleuca species and fresh green flower spikes of the Grass-tree. READ MORE