Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014

Snotty Gobble

 An interesting shrub or small tree commonly called the Snottygobble can be found in our local bush. It stands out amongst the softer grey-green Jarrahs and Gums because of its bright green foliage. The correct name for this small tree is the Persoonia.  In the Eastern States this tree is referred to as the Geebung. Geebung is an Aboriginal word for the fruit which they use for food and medicine.

We have two types of this tree growing in our area, Persoonia Longifolia and Persoonia Elliptica. Longifolia has light green long thin weepy leaves, yellow flowers and flaky, papery bark and Ellipticia (also known as the Spreading Snottygobble) has light green oval leaves and yellow flowers.


 Persoonia Elliptica


Persoonia Longifolia


Persoonia Elliptica trees can be found on the corner of Kurrajong Street and Orchid Street, Roleystone. A Longifolia can be found on the verge of the Hellenic Road Reserve

There are two theories on why they are called "Snottygobbles"

  1. by the look of the inside of the fruit. Squeeze a ripe fruit and see if you agree.
  2. because the fruit is eaten (or gobbled) by the local wild pigs gobble.


Elliptica Bark


Elliptica Leaves


They flower in summer and have fruit the size of blueberries. The fruit is edible and very tasty.
They were used as bush tucker by the Noongar tribe.


Longifolia Bark


 Longifolia Leaves


Unfortunately Snottygobbles are affected by Dieback - but they can be treated.

Check out the Dieback webpage for preventative measures against Dieback.

 For further information on snobby gobbles:    SnottyGobble_Paper.pdf 243.58 Kb



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