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Sterculia quadrifida (Native Peanut) grows to a height of  5 to 10 metres in most parts of Australia but can reach heights of 18 metres where it naturally occurs in Australia's subtropical and tropical rainforests.  Native Peanut has numerous names in various Aboriginal languages incuding 'egng edndan’ in Uw Oykangand and Uw Olkola and ‘mayi pinta’ in Pakanh. It is called the Monkeynut Tree in north Queensland. Around May, the tree looses it's leaves and fruits deciduously making this an excellent Aussie alternative tree to the maple tree and similar exotics. Native Peanut is a 'solar access tree' meaning that it provides shade in Summer and sun in Winter so it can be planted on the northern side of a building to cool and heat buidings sustainably. Native Peanut is one of Australia's most attractive plants when in fruit with its seeds attracting an array of fauna desirous of its seeds which taste like a cross between a peanut and a macadamia nut. Native Peanut has a beautiful form with gentle buttressing. It's attractive flowers have lemon scent and can also be used in cooking. Native Peanut's seeds can be either eaten raw or roasted with the black papery shell removed before consumption. Native Peanut is drought tolerant once established. It can be planted in full sun but does best in morning sun or in part shade. Native Peanut makes an outstanding feature tree due to its decorative fruit. This is one of Australia's best 'bush tucker' trees with it's black seeds eaten raw or roasted tasting identical to peanuts. 

Sterculia quadrifida (Native Peanut)

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