The Blushwood (Hylandia Dockrillii) is a naturally growing tree known to exhist in a small area of the Australian Rainforest. In recent years, the chemicals contained in the seed of the Blushwood's fruit have been researched for the potential of anti-cancer properties. In particular, the chemical EBC-46 is currently being researched as part of an anti-cancer injection which may have the potential to liquify and destroy cancerous tumors in just days. While experiments with animals have shown very impressive results, there is still a long way to go before an effective, proven drug may be able to be offered to the general public. As a result, the naturally ocurring Blushwood tree has seen an increase in demand from Australian locals and farmers who wish to grow and harvest the plant in anticipation of its greater commercial demand in the future. The video below, courteousy of Yahoo!7, should help to give an overall background of the potential applications this tree and its fruit may one day bear.
It should be noted that the Blushwood tree is just one of thousands of species of plants and animals which are disappearing in the daily destruction of the rainforests. Many plants and animals, entirely unknown to science are being destroyed before they can even be observed or discovered. Some of these species may prove valuable one day in a number of different ways aside from just the potential medical applications. To get involved in stopping their destruction, consider supporting a rainforest preservation organization such as Arbor Day.