Sp. Pl. 191 (1753) APNI
Shrub to 3 m high, more or less glabrous; main branches rigid, lateral branches leafy, ending in a stout spine. Leaves usually clustered, narrow-obovate to linear, mostly 12–25 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex obtuse, base attenuate into a short obscure petiole, margins entire, slightly fleshy, green. Flowers usually solitary in axils; pedicels 5–8 mm long; calyx campanulate, 4–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2 mm long; fruiting calyx 2-lipped; corolla 15–20 mm long, purplish, lobes suborbicular; stamens 5, included, anthers 2–2.5 mm long; pistil c. 12 mm long. Berry more or less globose, 12–15 mm long, purplish; seeds c. 20, c. 3 mm diam., dull yellowish-brown. Flowers spring–autumn.
*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold. Native to southern Africa. Sparingly naturalised in Victoria (e.g far south-west, near Inglewood, Sorrento).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|