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Capparis spinosa ssp. nummularia

Wild Passionfruit

A sprawling and verdant plant with yellow caper fruit and abundant white nocturnal flowers. For Arrernte people the fruits of the native passionfruit (Arrutnenge) are highly prized; the sweet fruit pulp is eaten and the bitter pips generally spat out. This plant is susceptible to seasonal predation by the caterpillar of the white caper butterfly which will often completely strip its leaves before the plant rapidly produces new growth. Grows to 1 metre tall and 5 metres wide, and likes well-drained soil.

Bush tucker

Bird and butterfly attracting


Moderate water

Relatively heat tolerant


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