Wittsteinia vacciniacea F.Muell.

Baw-Baw Berry

Sprawling shrub to about 30-40 cm tall, the branchlets rooting near the base. Leaves elliptic to obovate, to 5 cm long and 3 cm wide, veins indented above, obscure below and with long brown hair in the axils; margins toothed. Flowers bisexual,1-3 in leaf axils, pendent and fragrant, some apparently closed; late spring to early summer. Petal lobes to about 7 mm long, triangular, pale green, wavy and scalloped. Fruit globose, 0.5-1 cm long, greenish white with persistent calyx lobes; seeds small, ellipsoid, pitted.

Grows naturally in rainforest margins and Snow Gum woodland. Occasionally cultivated in coastal areas on sandy soils.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Alseuosmiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Alseuosmiaceae
genus        Wittsteinia F.Muell.