Carissa ovata, Fam. Apocynaceae
Spreading to erect, much branched shrub up to 2m tall, or sometimes a scrambling climber, with milky sap. A spine arises from each side of the stem between some leaf bases (not from the leaf axils).
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover), Shrub|
Simple, opposite, entire, broadly ovate, 0.5-5.5 x 0.5-4cm. Glossy green, usually hairless but sometimes sparsely hairy. Milky latex.
|Flower description:||Compact cymes of small, white, fragrant flowers. Any month of the year.|
|Fruit description:||Purple black, ovoid berries, 1-1.5cm long. Usually one seeded. Any month.|
|Habitat:||Littoral rainforest, open forest, rainforest, vine thicket.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the satin, spotted and regent bowerbirds. Larval food plant of the common crow butterfly and the moths
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Ripe fruit is edible and palatable. Grow from fresh seed or cuttings, remove flesh from seed prior to sewing. Slow growing but long lived and hardy in most situations.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|