Red Coondoo (species: Mimusops elengi) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Mimusops elengi
Red Coondoo

©Anne Hoggett: Mimusops elengi flower and buds, Lizard Island Research Station, Feb 2017.

©Anne Hoggett: Mimusops elengi tree in flower, Lizard Island Research Station, Feb 2017.

©Anne Hoggett: Ripening fruits of Mimusops elengi at Lizard Island Research Station, July 2019.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Charophyta
Class Equisetopsida
Order Ericales
Family Sapotaceae
Genus Mimusops
Species Mimusops elengi



Distinguishing features

Distinctive white to pale pink starry flowers. Globular fruits up to about 15 mm diameter that start out green and fuzzy, turning orange then red and losing fuzziness.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and A.-L. Jacquemart (2008). Nymph Island (Great Barrier Reef, Qld., Australia): Flora and vegetation of a low wooded island, Scripta Botanica Belgica, 43: 1-88. LIRS catalog number 1210.
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