|Large, unusual flower of Capparis mitchellii|
Common name: Native Orange
Flowers and fruit: At first sight, the flower of Capparis mitchellii appears to consist of nothing more than a mass of stamens up to 70mm long, but it has cream petals that recurve when mature. Fruit is up to 80mm diameter, green maturing to a dull yellow, with rough exterior texture and stiff, irregular stalk. The fruit is reported to be edible - I tasted it but didn't find it particularly pleasing. Despite it's common name, it is not related to citrus. Flowering in summer.
Leaves: Leaves are alternate, soft and grey/green, and up to about 60mm long.
Habit and habitat: Capparis mitchellii is a shrub 3 to 4 meters high, often scrambling and untidy. Grows mostly as individuals in dry woodland.
|Flower emerging, and dangling fruit|
|Growth habit of Capparis mitchellii|
|Interior of a mature fruit, soft flesh and numerous seeds|
|Leaves of Capparis mitchellii|
|Flowers and leaves of Capparis mitchellii|
|Habit and habitat of Capparis mitchellii in The Pilliga|