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Useful Temperate Plants

Leptomeria aphylla

R.Br.

Santalaceae

+ Synonyms

Leptomeria pungens F.Muell.

Common Name: Leafless Currant Bush

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General Information

Leptomeria aphylla is an erect shrub with rigid, branched stems; it can grow up to 200cm 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 1mm 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.
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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.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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

Range

Australia - Tasmania (King Island), southeastern South Australia, western Victoria.

Habitat

Occurs in open-forest, woodland, mallee and heath communities, but also in subalpine eucalypt woodland

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Leptomeria aphylla is found in the temperate to warm temperate zone of southeastern 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.
]. 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.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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
].The greenish, fleshy, ovoid drupe ripens maroon, purplish or brownish-red; it is 5 - 8mm 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.
,
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.
].

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. 2018-08-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Leptomeria+aphylla>

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