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bush in fruit
This plant grows as a bush, up to 6 metres in height. It has drooping branches, and long leaves: typically about 7 centimetres long and 1 centimetre wide.
The flowers are small and pale green or brown, and occur in clusters of up to 50.
The fruit is round and red, up to 2.5 centimetres across, and contains a large hard shelled seed.
The plant is semi-parasitic on the roots of other plants, from which it takes water and minerals. It can use various other plants as hosts,including :
The fruit is used for making jams and other fruit products. The wood has a delightful smell.
The species is widespread in arid areas of Australia, particularly in South Australia and Western Australia. The plants are grown commercially.
The plant is host to a number of Lepidoptera species, including:
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(updated 11 August 2007)