Scrambling annual or perennial, rhizomatous herb with older stems square in section. Leaves often 2 per node and unequal in size, more or less ovate, to 2 cm or so long, strongly aromatic. Flowers single or in pairs, hanging on stalks to about 1 cm long. Calyx bell-shaped. Corolla 6-8 mm long, creamy white, the triangular lobes bent back; spring to autumn. Fruit a conical, white to pale yellow, translucent berry to about 2 cm long.
A vigorous groundcover and climber, sometimes grown as an annual.
A widely naturalised plant worldwide. In Australia found in all states except the NT and most common on urban wasteland in SE Australia.
Edible but poorly flavoured fruit. Said to be a good honey plant.
Source: (2002). Solanaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.