Capparis mitchellii—Wild Orange, Native Orange, Bumble—CAPPARACEAE

Capparis mitchellii

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Habitat—Vine Thickets

Distribution— North from the Gunnedah district and west to Carnarvon National Park in New South Wales and into Queensland. Also in Victoria, The Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

Description— Shrub to 4 m high, often scrambling and spinose in juvenile stages; branches and leaves usually yellowish tomentose, sometimes glabrescent

Local occurrences

Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, leaf buds distinctly hairy with paired spines at the base of the leaves; ± obovate to oblanceolate, 3 to 6 cm long, 10 to 25 mm wide, apex ± obtuse, surfaces white or yellow–tomentose sometimes ± hairless with age; secondary veins 3 or 4 pairs, obscure; petiole 6 to 15 mm long; spines 2 to 4 mm long.

Capparis mitchellii
Capparis mitchellii

Inflorescence.—Creamy White, showy

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Globose to about 50 mm diam., yellowish, irregularly rough; stalk 10 to 15 cm long.

Ripe.—Summer

Capparis mitchellii