Tropical Grasslands (1992) Volume 26, 243–247

Cattle in tropical woodlands obtain late-dry-season feed supplementation from the native tree Planchonia careya

J.B. LOWRY

Division of Tropical Animal Production, CSIRO, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Abstract

The cocky apple (Planchonia careya) is a common small tree in the subcoastal woodlands of the Australian tropics. Flowering during about 6 weeks of the dry season results in the daily, early morning fall of a highly palatable feed that is actively sought by cattle. From the quantity produced per tree, the natural abundance of the tree, and a preliminary evaluation of its quality, this flower fall is likely to be of significance as a supplement to dry-season grasses in some existing native pastures. Purposeful management or conservation of the species is indicated.

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