Common name: Native Pomegranate, Wild Lime, Wild Lemon, Brush Caper Berry, Noble Caper
Capparis arborea (F.Muell.) Maiden APNI*
Description: Small tree or scrambling shrub.
Leaves ovate to oblong, lamina usually 5–10 cm long, 15–50 mm wide, usually glabrous, sometimes pubescent below, petiole 5–15 mm long; juvenile leaves 1–6 cm long, ± sessile; spines 4–15 mm long, straight, reduced or lacking on mature branches.
Flowers solitary or often in pairs, pedicel 30–60 mm long. Petals c. 15 mm long, white. Gynophore 30–50 mm long.
Fruit globose, c. 30 mm diam., green; stalk 4–7 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest, north from the Hunter Valley; mainly on the coast, also on Liverpool Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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