Capparis arborea —Native Pomegranate, Wild Lime, Wild Lemon, Brush Caper Berry —CAPPARACEAE

Capparis arborea

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Habitat—Grows in warmer rainforest, mainly on the coast, also on Liverpool Range.

Distribution— North from the Hunter Valley, also on Liverpool Range in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Small tree or scrambling shrub.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Dixon Property, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate with paired spines at the base of some leaves; ovate to oblong, lamina usually 5 to 10 cm long, 15 to 50 mm wide, usually glabrous, sometimes pubescent below, petiole 5 to 15 mm long; juvenile leaves 1 to 6 cm long, ± sessile; spines 4 to 15 mm long, straight, reduced or lacking on mature branches.

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Inflorescence—Solitary or often in pairs, pedicel 30 to 60 mm long. Petals c. 15 mm long, white. Gynophore 30 to 50 mm long.


Fruit—Globose, c. 30 mm diam., green; stalk 4 to 7 cm long.

Ripe.—July to August

Capparis arborea