Leptomeria billardieri R.Br.
Thesium drupaceum Labill.
Leptomeria drupacea is an erect shrub growing up to 250cm tall[
]. The leaves are very small (around 1mm long), and quickly deciduous, most photosynthesis being carried out by the green stems[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - Tasmania, eastern New South Wales
Dry sclerophyll forest, in shallow rocky soil; chiefly on the ranges[
Leptomeria drupacea is found in the temperate to warm temperate zone of southeastern Australia and is known to experience light frosts in its native habitat[
]. 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[
Succeeds in full sun and in light shade[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Fruit - raw[
]. The white, ovoid, slightly fleshy drupe is around 3 - 6mm long[
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[
]. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts and consider giving protection in winter for the first year or two[
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[