Species known to be eaten by the Cassowary



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Species known to be 

eaten by the Cassowary

Family

Common 


Name

Life 


Form

Large Fruits (trees) 

1 = known to be eaten 

and mostly dispersed by 

Southern Cassowary

Pleiogynium timorense

Anacardiaceae

Burdekin Plum

fsw

0

Semecarpus australiensis



Anacardiaceae

Tar Tree


fsw

1

Cananga odorata



Annonaceae

Macassar Oil Tree

fsw

0

Goniothalamus australis



Annonaceae

China Pine

fsw

0

Mitrephora diversifolia



Annonaceae

Flying Duck Flower

fsw

0

Polyalthia michaelii



Annonaceae

Currywood

fsw

0

Pseuduvaria froggattii



Annonaceae

Pseuduvaria

fsw

0

Alyxia orophila



Apocynaceae

Chain Fruit

fsw

0

Alyxia spicata



Apocynaceae

Chain Fruit

fsw

0

Cerbera floribunda



Apocynaceae

Cassowary Plum

fsw

1

Cerbera inflata



Apocynaceae

Grey Milkwood

fsw

1

Delarbrea michieana



Araliaceae

Blue Nun


fsw

0

Mackinlaya confusa



Araliaceae

Mackinlaya

fsw

0

Mackinlaya macrosciadea



Araliaceae

Blue Umbrella

fsw

0

Canarium muelleri



Burseraceae

Qld Elemi Tree

fsw

0

Canarium vitiense



Burseraceae

Canarium


fsw

0

Trema orientalis*



Cannabaceae

Poison Peach

fsw

0

Citronella smythii



Cardiopteridaceae

Northern Silky Beech

fsw

0

Siphonodon membranaceus



Celastraceae

Ivorywood

fsw

0

Parinari nonda



Chrysobalanaceae

Nonda Plum

fsw

1

Garcinia gibbsiae



Clusiaceae

Mountain Mangosteen

fsw

0

Terminalia arenicola



Combretaceae

Brown Damson

fsw

1

Terminalia catappa



Combretaceae

Sea Almond

fsw

1

Corynocarpus cribbianus



Corynocarpaceae

Cribbwood

fsw

1

Davidsonia pruriens



Cunoniaceae

Davidson's Plum

fsw

0

Schizomeria whitei



Cunoniaceae

Crabapple

fsw

0

Diospyros hebecarpa



Ebenaceae

Scrub Ebony

fsw

0

Aceratium doggrellii



Elaeocarpaceae

Buff Carabeen

fsw

0

Aceratium ferrugineum



Elaeocarpaceae

Rusty Carabeen

fsw

0

Aceratium megalospermum



Elaeocarpaceae

Creek Aceratium

fsw

0

Aceratium sericoleopsis



Elaeocarpaceae

Silky Aceratium

fsw

0

Elaeocarpus bancroftii



Elaeocarpaceae

Kuranda Quandong

fsw

1

Elaeocarpus culminicola



Elaeocarpaceae

Quandong


fsw

0

Elaeocarpus eumundi



Elaeocarpaceae

Eumundi Quandong

fsw

0

Elaeocarpus ferruginiflorus



Elaeocarpaceae

Rusty Leaf Quandong

fsw

0

Elaeocarpus foveolatus



Elaeocarpaceae

Northern Quandong

fsw

0

Elaeocarpus grandis**



Elaeocarpaceae

Silver Quandong, Blue fig

fsw

0

Elaeocarpus johnsonii



Elaeocarpaceae

Johnson's Quandong

fsw

1

Elaeocarpus stellaris



Elaeocarpaceae

Star Quandong

fsw

1

Peripentadenia mearsii



Elaeocarpaceae

Buff Quandong

fsw

0

Sloanea macbrydei



Elaeocarpaceae

Northern Yellow Carabeen

fsw

0

Antidesma erostre



Euphorbiaceae

Wild Currant

fsw

0

Fontainea picrosperma



Euphorbiaceae

Fontain's Blushwood

fsw

1

Mallotus mollissimus



Euphorbiaceae

Woolly Mallotus

fsw

0

Scaevola taccada



Goodeniaceae

Sea Lettuce Tree

fsw

0

Galbulimima baccata



Himantandraceae

Pigeonberry Ash

fsw

0

Gomphandra australiana



Icacinaceae

Buff Beech

fsw

0

Irvingbaileya australis



Icacinaceae

Wax Berry, Cloud Fruit

fsw

1

Gmelina dalrympleana



Lamiaceae

White Beech

fsw

0

Gmelina fasciculiflora



Lamiaceae

Northern White Beech

fsw

0

Beilschmiedia bancroftii



Lauraceae

Yellow Walnut

fsw

1

Beilschmiedia collina



Lauraceae

Mountain Blush Walnut

fsw

0

Beilschmiedia oligandra



Lauraceae

Ivory Walnut

fsw

1

Beilschmiedia tooram



Lauraceae

Tooram Walnut

fsw

1

Beilschmiedia volckii



Lauraceae

Boonjee Blush Walnut

fsw

1

LEGEND:   fsw = free standing, woody    v = vine     other = cycads, palms, cordylines etc    



Cassowary Food Trees

Cite: Kooyman, R.M. Australian Rainforest Database: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney; Macquarie University; 

Cassowary data based on published sources


Cinnamomum laubatii

Lauraceae

Pepperwood

fsw


0

Cryptocarya corrugata

Lauraceae

Corduroy Laurel

fsw

1

Cryptocarya cunninghamii



Lauraceae

Coconut Laurel

fsw

0

Cryptocarya densiflora



Lauraceae

White Laurel

fsw

0

Cryptocarya hypospodia



Lauraceae

Northern Laurel

fsw

0

Cryptocarya lividula



Lauraceae

Blue Laurel

fsw

0

Cryptocarya murrayi



Lauraceae

Murray's Laurel

fsw

0

Cryptocarya oblata



Lauraceae

Tarzali Silkwood

fsw

1

Cryptocarya pleurosperma



Lauraceae

Poison Walnut

fsw

1

Cryptocarya vulgaris



Lauraceae

Northern Laurel

fsw

0

Endiandra acuminata



Lauraceae

Brown Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra bessaphila



Lauraceae

Gully Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra compressa



Lauraceae

Whitebark, Qld Greenheart

fsw

1

Endiandra cooperana



Lauraceae

Cooper's Creek Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra cowleyana



Lauraceae

Northern Rose Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra grayi



Lauraceae

Gray's Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra hypotephra



Lauraceae

Blue Walnut

fsw

0

Endiandra impressicosta



Lauraceae

Steelbutt

fsw

1

Endiandra insignis



Lauraceae

Hairy Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra leptodendron



Lauraceae

Slender Walnut

fsw

0

Endiandra longipedicellata



Lauraceae

Buff Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra microneura



Lauraceae

Noah's Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra montana



Lauraceae

Montane Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra sankeyana



Lauraceae

Sankey's Walnut

fsw

1

Endiandra sideroxylon



Lauraceae

Steelbutt

fsw

1

Barringtonia calyptrata



Lecythidaceae

Cassowary Pine, Mango Pine

fsw

1

Aglaia argentea



Meliaceae

Silver Boodyarra

fsw

0

Aglaia australiensis



Meliaceae

Brown Ripples

fsw

0

Aglaia meridionalis



Meliaceae

Rusty Almond

fsw

0

Aglaia sapindina



Meliaceae

Boodyarra

fsw

0

Dysoxylum pettigrewianum



Meliaceae

Spurwood


fsw

0

Ficus congesta



Moraceae

Cluster Fig, Red Leaf Fig

fsw

0

Ficus copiosa



Moraceae

Plentiful Fig

fsw

0

Ficus crassipes



Moraceae

Round-leaf Banana Fig

fsw

0

Ficus hispida



Moraceae

Hairy Fig

fsw

0

Ficus obliqua



Moraceae

Small-leaved Fig

fsw

0

Ficus variegata



Moraceae

Variegated Fig, Common Red-stem Fig

fsw

0

Myristica insipida



Myristicaceae

Queensland Nutmeg

fsw

0

Acmena divaricata



Myrtaceae

Cassowary Gum

fsw

1

Acmena graveolens



Myrtaceae

Cassowary Satinash

fsw

1

Acmena hemilampra-orophila



Myrtaceae

Mountain Satinash

fsw

0

Acmena resa



Myrtaceae

Red Eungella Satinash

fsw

0

Acmenosperma claviflorum



Myrtaceae

Grey Satinash

fsw

0

Eugenia reinwardtiana



Myrtaceae

Beach Cherry

fsw

0

Rhodamnia sessiliflora



Myrtaceae

Iron Malletwood

fsw

0

Syzygium alliiligneum



Myrtaceae

Onion Wood, Mission Beach Satinash

fsw

1

Syzygium angophoroides



Myrtaceae

Yarrabah Satinash

fsw

0

Syzygium cormiflorum



Myrtaceae

Bumpy Satinash

fsw

1

Syzygium forte-forte



Myrtaceae

White Apple

fsw

1

Syzygium johnsonii



Myrtaceae

Rose Satinash

fsw

1

Syzygium kuranda



Myrtaceae

Kuranda Satinash

fsw

0

Syzygium luehmannii



Myrtaceae

Cherry Satinash, Riberry

fsw

0

Syzygium papyraceum



Myrtaceae

Paperbark Satinash

fsw

0

Syzygium sayeri



Myrtaceae

Pink Satinash

fsw

0

Syzygium tierneyanum



Myrtaceae

River Cherry

fsw

0

Syzygium wesa



Myrtaceae

White Eungella Satinash

fsw

0

Ximenia americana



Olacaceae

Yellow Plum

fsw

1

Chionanthus axillaris



Oleaceae

Pimply Olive

fsw

0

Chionanthus ramiflora



Oleaceae

Northern Olive

fsw

0

Pandanus monticola



Pandanaceae

Urchin-fruited Pandan

fsw

0

Pandanus zea



Pandanaceae

Corncob Pandan

fsw

0

Podocarpus dispermus



Podocarpaceae

Double-seeded Brown Pine

fsw

0

Podocarpus grayae



Podocarpaceae

Weeping Brown Pine

fsw

0

Sundacarpus amara



Podocarpaceae

Black Pine

fsw

0


Xanthophyllum octandrum

Polygalaceae

Yellow Boxwood

fsw


0

Ardisia brevipedata

Primulaceae

Rambling Spear-flower

fsw

0

Gevuina bleasdalei



Proteaceae

Wing-leaf Silky Oak

fsw

1

Prunus brachystachya



Rosaceae

Claudie Almond

fsw

0

Antirhea tenuiflora



Rubiaceae

Crimson Berry

fsw

0

Atractocarpus fitzalanii-fitzalanii



Rubiaceae

Brown Gardenia

fsw

0

Morinda citrifolia-citrifolia



Rubiaceae

Cheese Fruit

fsw

0

Nauclea orientalis



Rubiaceae

Leichhardt Tree

fsw

0

Acronychia aberrans



Rutaceae

Acid Berry, Plasticine Tree

fsw

0

Acronychia acidula



Rutaceae

Lemon Aspen

fsw

0

Acronychia acronychioides



Rutaceae

White Aspen

fsw

0

Acronychia vestita



Rutaceae

Fuzzy Lemon Aspen

fsw

0

Halfordia scleroxyla



Rutaceae

Jitta, Saffronheart

fsw

0

Baileyoxylon lanceolatum



Salicaceae

Baileyoxylon

fsw

1

Arytera divaricata



Sapindaceae

Coogera


fsw

0

Castanospora alphandii



Sapindaceae

Brown Tamarind

fsw

0

Diploglottis bracteata



Sapindaceae

Boonjee Tamarind

fsw

0

Diploglottis diphyllostegia



Sapindaceae

Northern Tamarind

fsw

0

Diploglottis pedleyi



Sapindaceae

Pedley's Tamarind

fsw

0

Rhysotoechia robertsonii



Sapindaceae

Robertson's Tuckeroo

fsw

0

Sarcotoechia protracta



Sapindaceae

Sarcotoechia

fsw

0

Niemeyera chartacea



Sapotaceae

Smooth-leaved Plum

fsw

0

Niemeyera MtLewis



Sapotaceae

Mt lewis Plum

fsw

1

Niemeyera prunifera



Sapotaceae

Plum Boxwood

fsw

1

Palaquium galactoxylon



Sapotaceae

Cairn's Pencil Cedar

fsw

1

Pouteria chartacea



Sapotaceae

Thin-leaved Coondoo

fsw

0

Pouteria myrsinodendron



Sapotaceae

Yellow Boxwood, Black Ash

fsw

0

Solanum dallachii



Solanaceae

Nightshade

fsw

0

Phaleria clerodendron



Thymelaeaceae

Rosy Apple

fsw

0

Phaleria octandra



Thymelaeaceae

Dwarf Phaleria

fsw

0

Melodorum leichhardtii



Annonaceae

Zig-Zag Vine

v

Melodinus australis



Apocynaceae

Milk Vine

v

Austrobaileya scandens



Austrobaileyaceae

Austrobaileya

v

Diplocyclos palmatus



Cucurbitaceae

native Cucumber

v

Trichosanthes pentaphylla



Cucurbitaceae

native Cucumber

v

Dichapetalum timorense



Dichapetalaceae

Dichapetalum

v

Omphalea papuana



Euphorbiaceae

Omphalea


v

Faradaya splendida

Lamiaceae

Potato Vine, October Glory

v

Strychnos minor



Loganiaceae

Snakewood

v

Hypserpa laurina



Menispermaceae

Hypserpa


v

Legnephora moorei

Menispermaceae

Round-leaf Vine

v

Parapachygone longifolia



Menispermaceae

Pachygone

v

Piper interruptum



Piperaceae

Pepper Vine

v

Piper macropiper



Piperaceae

Pepper Vine

v

Cayratia clematidea



Vitaceae

a Native Grape

v

Cissus penninervis



Vitaceae

Native Grape

v

Cycas media



Cycadaceae

Palm Cycad

cycad

Lepidozamia hopei



Zamiaceae

Hope's Cycad

cycad

Archontophoenix tuckeri



Arecaceae

Tucker's Alexandra Palm

palm

Calamus caryotoides



Arecaceae

Fishtail Lawyer Cane

palm

Calamus radicalus



Arecaceae

Vicious Hairy Mary Lawyer Cane

palm

Calamus vitiensis



Arecaceae

Lawyer Cane

palm

Caryota albertii



Arecaceae

Native Fishtail Palm

palm

Hydriastele wendlandiana



Arecaceae

Creek Palm

palm

Licuala ramsayi



Arecaceae

Fan Palm


palm

Linospadix microcarya

Arecaceae

Walking Stick Palm

palm

Normanbya normanbyi



Arecaceae

Black Palm

palm

Oraniopsis appendiculata



Arecaceae

Orania palm

palm

Ptychosperma elegans



Arecaceae

Solitaire Palm

palm

Cordyline cannifolia



Agavaceae

Cordyline

cordyline

Rubus species

Rosaceae

Native Raspberries



bramble

* Marginal record. Although reported in the literature, the fruit of Trema orientalis are tiny, and unlikely to be eaten by Cassowaries



** Wompoo Fruit-dove and Cassowary


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