Common name: Candle nut
Botanical name: Aleurites moluccanus
Other common names: Candleberry, Indian walnut, Varnish tree
General description: Spreading evergreen tree to about 20m, native to north eastern and central Queensland sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
Flowers: Fragrant small white flowers with five petals up to 1cm across and clustered at the ends of branches.
Leaves: Alternate leaves mostly crowded towards the ends of branches. Mature leaves ovate with densely pubescent juveniles often 3 to 5 lobed, and petioles (leaf stems) of up to 20cm. Leaves can measure 10 to 30cm long and 4 to 30cm wide with two clearly visible glands at the base of the leaf.
Fruit/Berries: The round brown fruit are 5 to 6cm (sometimes up to 8cm) in diameter with 3 to 4 ridges and contain up to 4 hard black seeds.
Symptoms: Eating the raw kernel in the seed can cause abdominal cramps, severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
The sap can cause contact dermatitis.
Toxicity category: 2, 3
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if kernel is eaten.