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Useful Temperate Plants

Billardiera cymosa

F.Muell.

Pittosporaceae

+ Synonyms

Billardiera pseudocymosa Klatt

Common Name: Sweet Appleberry

Billardiera cymosa
Flowers and ripening fruits
Photograph by: Fagg M.: Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Billardiera cymosa is an evergreen climbing plant; it produces stems up to 3 metres long that scramble over the ground and twine into the surrounding vegetation[
1104
Title
Cladistic analysis and revision of Billardiera (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Australian Systematic Botany 17, 83-125
Author
L.W.Cayzer; M.D.Crisp & I.R.H.Telford
Website
http://www.publish.csiro.au/journals/asb
Publisher
CSIRO Publishing
Year
2004
ISBN
1030-1887
Description
A revision of the genus Billardiera, merging the genera Sollya and Pronaya into it, resurrecting five species and making three new combinations.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

154
Title
Flora of Victoria.
Publication
 
Author
Ewart. A. J.
Publisher
University Press; Melbourne
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of eastern Australia, it is rather short on information that is useful to the plant project.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
1104
Title
Cladistic analysis and revision of Billardiera (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Australian Systematic Botany 17, 83-125
Author
L.W.Cayzer; M.D.Crisp & I.R.H.Telford
Website
http://www.publish.csiro.au/journals/asb
Publisher
CSIRO Publishing
Year
2004
ISBN
1030-1887
Description
A revision of the genus Billardiera, merging the genera Sollya and Pronaya into it, resurrecting five species and making three new combinations.

Range

Australia - South Australia, Victoria

Habitat

Woodlands, mallees and coastal heaths[
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
], on sandy soils[
154
Title
Flora of Victoria.
Publication
 
Author
Ewart. A. J.
Publisher
University Press; Melbourne
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of eastern Australia, it is rather short on information that is useful to the plant project.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Billardiera cymosa can tolerate occasional, short-lived frosts with temperatures as low as -7°c in Australian gardens[
157
Title
Australian Native Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Wrigley. J. W. and Fagg. M.
Publisher
Collins. (Australia)
Year
1988
ISBN
0-7322-0021-0
Description
A lovely book, written in order to encourage Australian gardeners to grow their native plants. A little bit of information for the plant project.
], though this does not relate directly to moister regions of the temperate zone due to their cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. Mulching the roots in winter can provide extra protection for the plant and even if the top is cut back by the cold it might resprout from the base[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Species in this genus generally prefer a moist, well-drained, humus-rich, lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade with a cool root run[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. Eaten when fully ripe, it has a delightful aniseed flavour[
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 whitish or reddish fruit is up to 15mm long and 6mm wide[
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
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Only just cover the seed. Sow stored seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse. The germination of fresh seed is usually prolific, but stored seed can take a year to germinate[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 12cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Fair percentage.
Layering.
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