#ThreatenedThursday: Red Bopple Nut

#ThreatenedThursday: Red Bopple Nut

June 23, 2022

SPECIES: Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia — Red Bopple Nut


The list of aliases for this native tree include Monkey Nut, Bopple Nut, Red Bopple, Red Nut, Beef Nut, Red Apple Nut and Ivory Silky Oak. Let’s go with Red Bopple Nut. The Red Bopple Nut is a small tree growing to 12m high with leaves up to 1m long. It’s found in Qld and NSW and historically is a common understory tree found in subtropical rainforest but is now a rare sight. The tree produces fleshy red fruits and encases a black nut which is edible.

Bopple Nut was an early name given to macadamias, to which the Red Bopple Nut is distantly related. They’re threatened by clearing and invasive weeds - including the notorious Lantana as well as Blue Billygoat Weed and Asparagus Fern.

Photo: Peter Woodard