Sp. Pl., edn 2, 1670 (1763) APNI
Short-lived shrub to 1 m high, densely pubescent with simple or glandular hairs. Leaves alternate, 2 per node, ovate, mostly to 6 cm long, to 4 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cordate, margins entire or shallowly lobed; petiole to c. 5 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 6–12 mm long; calyx 7–10 mm long, lobes triangular-acuminate, 4–5 mm long; corolla 5-angled, 10–15 mm long, dull yellow, with conspicuous purplish blotches in throat alternating with anthers; anthers 4–5 mm long; style 5–7(–11) mm long, stigma capitate. Fruiting calyx 10-angled, 27–40 mm long, pale yellow-green to gold, drying pale brown; berry globose, 10–20 mm diam.; seeds lenticular, 1.7–2 mm long, yellowish. Flowers mainly spring to summer.
*EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to northern and western South America. Widespread, often as a garden-escape, particularly in coastal and near-coastal areas where found in disturbed sites.
Often cultivated for its edible fruit.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|