Common Apple-berry, Appleberry, Snotberry, Apple Dumplings, Apple Berry, Apple-berry, Eastern Apple-berry, Hairy Apple Berry, Hairy Appleberry, Velvet Apple-berry.
Billardiera scandens var. scandens.
Presence in Australia
Noted east of the Hume Highway in the areas Bringenbrong-Khancoban; Yaven Creek and Carabost. Probably also in similar country elsewhere in the region. Abbreviated to Billardiera scandens in the General Native Vegetation Profiles in this Guide.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Sclerophyll forest and woodland. Occasionally coastal scrub or heath.
Shrubby climber or scrambler with stems to 3m long.
Prefers well-drained soil in full or partial sun. Tolerates moderate frost.
Cream to greenish-yellow or rarely orange flowers, Sep-Feb.
Collect berry when pale yellow and pulpy. Ripe seed red-brown. Extract seeds by soaking fruits in water, mashing (possibly allowing some fermentation) and shaking to separate pulp and skin from seeds. Rinse.
From fresh seed or cuttings. May take 8-10 weeks or many months to germinate. Take cuttings of firm new growth in spring (from bushland plants) or autumn (from garden plants).
Good habitat. Flowers (nectar) and fruit are food for birds including the Eastern Spinebill and Silvereye.
Kooris ate ripe fruit, said to taste like kiwi-fruit.
Attractive under established eucalypts and other garden situations. Shrubby if isolated.
Flowers, leaves and stems produce lemon-coloured dye with alum as mordant.