Common name: Nepine
Capparis lasiantha R.Br. ex DC. APNI*
Description: Climber or scrambling shrub 1–3 m high; covered in all parts with a thick indumentum.
Leaves ovate to narrow-oblong, 3–8 cm long, 7–20 mm wide; petiole 2–4 mm long; spines 3–4 mm long.
Flowers solitary or in pairs, pedicel c. 10 mm long. Petals c. 9 mm long, pale yellow to white. Stamens mostly 10–12. Gynophore 15–25 mm long.
Fruit ovoid, to 30 mm long, yellowish, ± dehiscent, pericarp thin; stalk 2–4 cm long.
Flowering: mainly in summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Leaves palatable to stock, plants often cut for fodder in dry periods. Usually grows as scattered plants in woodland, chiefly north of Nyngan.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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