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Persoonia rigida is a Evergreen Shrub
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - New South Wales, Victoria.
Grows in dry sclerophyll woodland to forest, in well-drained soils derived from a variety of substrata including sandstone, granite and metasediments, at elevations of 300 - 1300 metres[
Requires a warm position in full sun in a freely draining preferably sandy slightly acid soil, preferring a pH around 6.3 to 6.5[
]. Soils should be low in nutrients, especially nitrates and phosphates[
Plants are not very hardy outdoors in Britain and usually require cool greenhouse treatment[
Persoonia rigida hybridises sporadically with P. sericea where they grow together[
Fruit - raw or cooked. Insipid and astringent[
]. The fruit has a sweet fibrous pulp that is fixed to one large seed, it tastes somewhat like sweet cotton wool and is relished by the Australian Aborigines[
Seed - scarify the seed and sow it in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Keep the seed tray in a sunny position during the following summer and the seed should germinate in the autumn. About 46% germination can be expected. Carefully prick the young seedlings out into individual pots within 1 - 2 days of emerging, the root is very brittle and plants are easily killed[
]. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for at least their first 2 winters and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Give some protection from winter cold for at least their first winter outdoors.