Billardiera scandens var. scandens—Apple Berry, Hairy Apple Berry—PITTOSPORACEAE.

Billardiera scandens

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Habitat—Common in open eucalypt forest, woodland and rainforest margins, particularly at higher altitudes.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Mostly small shrubs up to 0.5 m high; new shoots densely silky hairy, older surfaces scabrid.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Adult leaves alternate, narrowly ovate, hairy; petiole 1 to 4 mm long, stems a few meters long.

Billardiera scandens
Billardiera scandens

Inflorescence.—Solitary or with paired flowers; peduncles 5 to 12 mm long, hairy, angular, down—turned but not nodding. Sepals unequal, 6 to 10 mm long, acicular, almost linear, yellow with tinge of pink. Petals 16 to 20 mm long, clawed, bright yellow, becoming pinker at margin with age; apex hairy, not overly recurved. Stamens equal; anthers versatile, white. Ovary silky hairy; style much shorter than ovary; stigma knobby.

Flowering.—Mainly summer.

Fruit.— Indehiscent, berry—like, obovate to oblong in outline, 20 to 28 mm long. Seeds many, red—brown.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Billardiera scandens