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Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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carolem
Jan 1, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Known also as the Bush Coconut; a valuable food source to the desert Aboriginal people.

information quoted from http://www.alicespringsdesertp...
where these photographs were taken.

"This tree is host to an unusual female insect called a coccid. She has no legs, wings or antennae and never leaves her gall. Hidden away, she spends her life sucking sap out of the trees veins".

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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Jan 1, 2018 7:08 PM CST
From your link, I clicked on the "coccid" link, under the Gall subheading: http://www.alicespringsdesertp...
The Desert Bloodwood Tree (Corymbia opaca) is host to an unusual female coccid insect which forms a gall around itself. Galls are swellings on the stems or leaves of plants. The coccid's name is Cystococcus pomiformis and her gall is called a "bush coconut". The adult female is a yellowy-green colour and has no legs, wings or antennae.

I don't see anywhere (on either page) that the insect invades the fruit. Did I miss something, or are you jumping to an erroneous conclusions?
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Butterflies Bookworm Region: Australia Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
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carolem
Jan 1, 2018 7:58 PM CST
Leftwood said:From your link, I clicked on the "coccid" link, under the Gall subheading: http://www.alicespringsdesertp...
The Desert Bloodwood Tree (Corymbia opaca) is host to an unusual female coccid insect which forms a gall around itself. Galls are swellings on the stems or leaves of plants. The coccid's name is Cystococcus pomiformis and her gall is called a "bush coconut". The adult female is a yellowy-green colour and has no legs, wings or antennae.

I don't see anywhere (on either page) that the insect invades the fruit. Did I miss something, or are you jumping to an erroneous conclusions?


Interesting point you raise Rick; it leads me to further reading into this tree and it's traits. I'd understood that the seed, becomes a hard fruit called a gumnut. This is what I'd interpreted to have been invaded by the insect, so perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree with this assumption. Know, I should never assume anything.

I'm more than happy to write to The Desert Park and enquire further and I will update this thread.

Appreciate your interest, and helping to verify, what potentially could be mis-interpretation on my behalf. The gall itself, could well be something quite separate to the gumnut, and it appear to be so.



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Vincent Van Gough
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Jan 2, 2018 3:21 PM CST
The gall itself, could well be something quite separate to the gumnut, and it appear to be so.

Yes, I think so. From what I get, the gumnut the fruiting part, and the bush coconut (a different entity) is the gall.
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Butterflies Bookworm Region: Australia Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
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carolem
Jan 2, 2018 3:34 PM CST
Yes @Leftwood, that's how it reads for sure. You were onto it right from the start; appreciate that; thanks again. In following through, I've learnt more about the insect and the bush-coconut!


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Vincent Van Gough

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