Common name: Wild Orange, Native Orange
Capparis mitchellii Lindl. APNI*
Description: Shrub 3–4 m high, often scrambling and spinose in juvenile stages; branches and leaves usually yellowish tomentose, sometimes glabrescent.
Leaves ± obovate to oblanceolate, 3–6 cm long, 10–25 mm wide; secondary veins 3 or 4 pairs, obscure; petiole 6–15 mm long; spines 2–4 mm long.
Flowering pedicels 30–40 mm long. Petals 2–2.5 cm long, cream to yellowish. Stamens c. 120. Gynophore 60–70 mm long.
Fruit globose, c. 50 mm diam., yellowish, irregularly rough; stalk 10–15 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mostly as scattered individuals. Fruit edible but not very palatable.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.