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A young plant with exposed caudex from herbalistics.com.au.


The leaves by Mark Marathon, wikipedia.org.


The flowers by Michelle Brown, lucidcentral.org.

Author: 

George Claridge Druce, 1917

Family: 

ASCLEPIADACEAE*

Origin: 

Australia

Soil: 

Mix - Sandy

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Maximum

Thickness: 

8 Centimetres

Height: 

4 Metres

Flower: 

Greenish-Yellow

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

Bush Banana, Silky Pear, Green Vine, Native pear

Synonyms: 

Leichardtia australis, R. Brown, 1849.

This member of the Asclepiadaceae family was given this name by George Claridge Druce in 1917. It is found in most of Australia, growing in a well drained or sandy soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to eight centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to four metres in height. The flowers are greenish-yellow.

It is one of the significant bush food for the Aboriginal people of Australia. Both root, leaves, fruits, seeds and nectar from the flowers are used.

The family is named after William Marsden, a 19'th century plant collector. The species for its southern occurrence. 

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Asclepiadaceae is now part of the Apocynaceae.


The fruit by Mark Marathon, wikipedia.org.