Sp. Pl. 201 (1753) APNI
Intricately branched shrub to c. 2 m high, sometimes thicket-forming. Stems armed with stout spines (often paired or in 3s) to c. 1 cm long. Leaves orbicular to broadly ovate in outline, c. 2–5 cm diam., usually divided to c. midway into 3 or 5 lobes, the margins variably incised; lower or both surfaces with rather sparse, soft, ± erect hairs; petioles often with glandular bristles toward base. Flowers solitary or in small clusters in axils; sepals ± oblong, 5–7 mm long, pale green or tinged pink, persistent in fruit; petals white, smaller than sepals. Fruit globular, 10–15 mm diam., dappled green and yellow or reddish when ripe, usually hispid at least when young. Flowers Oct.–Nov.
*HSF, *SnM. Also naturalised NSW. Native to southern Europe. Recorded as naturalised near Tom Groggin (on the upper Murray River) and aberfeldy, probably from bird-dispersed seed. Cultivated in cool areas for its tart fruit.
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