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Tropical North Queensland – Home of the OORAY
The term OORAY originates from the traditional owners of land located in far north Queensland.
The OORAY is endemic to far north Queensland. The fruit from this tree have been utilised by indigenous people for thousands of years. There are numerous customs, dreaming stories, ceremonies and significant cultural sites associated with OORAY.
In 1900 Frederick Bailey, the Queensland Colonial Botanist, noted the use of the indigenous name, OORAY, used by aboriginal people in the Tully River region. The term OORAY has a continuity that has not been broken -
The species had been previously described and named Davidsonia pruriens by the botanist F. von Muller using samples collected by his associate John Dallachy in 1867.
It is important that the OORAY be identified by its scientific name Davidsonia pruriens to distinguish it from related species and for scientific research and taxonomy purposes.
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