First rainforest tree of 2019 will be one of many

We’ve planted the first rainforest tree of 2019. Join us as we make this one of thousands more to be planted throughout the year.

On the 1st day of January, Kelvin Davies the Founder of Rainforest 4 planted a Black Walnut (Endiandra globosa) tree, showing our intent to make 2019 a big year for rainforest restoration. Rainforest 4 has partnerships with Daintree Life and ReForest Now and plans to plant 5,000 trees on the 13th of January in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Throughout the year we’ll continue this work in the Daintree Rainforest and in Northern NSW through the donations provided by our generous supporters.

The Black Walnut is a Threatened species that is restricted to riverine rainforest. It has a remarkable distribution from Mullumbimby in Northern NSW to Tallebudgera Creek Southern QLD and then it’s not found again for 1,850 km to the north where it occurs around Babinda south of Cairns. Despite the common name of Black Walnut, this tree is unrelated to northern hemisphere walnuts and is a Laurel.

In the subtropics, they grow on rich alluvial soils and on moist slopes in the Brunswick and Tweed valleys in New South Wales and adjacent areas in Queensland. Kelvin planted this tree at Mullumbimby adjacent the Azalea Street Rainforest Remnant, a small patch of surviving rainforest on the edge of the town where five other Threatened species have been found. It will grow to 25 meters. The horizontal form of the branches and attractive dark foliage makes this a particularly beautiful tree. Creamy white flowers form between October and January. The black coloured fruit matures in autumn and is often larger than the size of a tennis ball at 40–50 mm diameter.

Fruit of the Black Walnut (Endiandra globosa)

 

 

 

 

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