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Useful Temperate Plants

Leptomeria acida

R.Br.

Santalaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Native Currant

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General Information

Leptomeria acida is an erect shrub that can grow 150 - 300cm tall[
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
]. The leaves are very small, around 2mm long, and quickly deciduous, most photosynthesis being carried out by the green stems[
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. Said to be one of the best native fruits of Australia and well-worthy of cultivation[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
]. An ornamental plant, sometimes grown in gardens.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

265
Title
Flora of the Sydney Region
Publication
 
Author
Carolin. R. & Tindale. M.
Publisher
Reed. Australia.
Year
1993
ISBN
0730104001
Description
Concise flora with little beyond an extensive key, species descriptions, very brief habitat description.
,
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
,
1109
Title
VicFlora - Flora of Victoria
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An om-line flora for the state of Victoria, Australia.

Range

Australia - northeastern Victoria, eastern New South Wales, southeastern Queensland

Habitat

Dry sclerophyll forest in sandy soil, often in sheltered sites; coastal districts west to the Blue Mountains[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
]. Heaths and woodlands, on sandy, infertile soils[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Leptomeria acida is found in the warm temperate to subtropical zones of eastern Australia and is known to experience light frosts in its native habitat[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
]. It is likely to require hot summers if it is to thrive, but should be capable of surviving occasional temperatures falling to at least -8°c[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Succeeds in full sun and in light shade[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
]. An easily grown plant, it is found in the wild on poor, sandy soils[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
].
The plant fruits regularly and yields are fairly large[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
,
1109
Title
VicFlora - Flora of Victoria
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An om-line flora for the state of Victoria, Australia.
,
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
]. A succulent flesh with an acidic flavour[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
]. It makes an excellent jam when cooked with an equal weight of sugarThe greenish, sometimes tinged with purple, fleshy, ovoid drupe is around 7mm long[
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in containers in light shade, using a rich, sandy compost and covering the seesa with 10mm of soil. The plants dislike root disturbance so seedlings should be potted up into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
]. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts and consider giving protection in winter for the first year or two[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Cuttings of the ripened wood will root readily in sand if placed in a frame with bottom heat, but, as a rule, better plants will be obtained from seed[
1517
Title
The Australasian Fruit Cul;turist
Publication
 
Author
Crichton D.A.
Publisher
Alex McKinley & Co.; Melbourne
Year
1893
ISBN
 
Description
Comprehensive information on fruit growing in Australia and New Zealand, including many native species.
].
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-10-20. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Leptomeria+acida>

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