Has attractive foliage and edible white fruit (tastes like lemon rind).
Found from northern Victoria to Southern Queensland (temperate coastal regions and sub-tropical shorelines with natural rainfall greater than 600mm. Subtropical and dry rainforest -found along most scrubby watercourses.
Branchlets reddish, leaf scars distinct
Leaves have numerous obvious oil glands that emit a pleasant citrus smell when crushed. Rounded or notched at apex.
Bushfood advice says “put a few berries in your water bottle to get a nice tang”.
Fruit is a drupe 4 lobed like a star fruit and almost cubical with a white, cream or pale yellow exterior and smells like a lemon. Ripe July to October. Fruit approximately 20-25 mm in diameter with small dark seeds encased in husks.
Photo: Robert Whyte
Name and propagation
Propagation from seed or cuttings. Seeds need to be separated from pulp. Germination can be difficult and takes 8-16 weeks..
Birds relish the fruit. Host plant for Orchard Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio aegeus).
Flower closeup. Photo: Robert Whyte
Link to Butterflies and Moths section – Australia is home to over 400 species of butterflies from five families: APILIONIDAE Swallowtails and Birdwings, NYMPHALIDAE Nymphs, Danaiids, Satyrs, Fritillaries, and Browns, PIERIDAE Whites and Yellows, LYCAENIDAE Blues and Coppers, HESPERIIDAE Darters and Skippers.