Rampicante sempreverde che può raggiungere i 2.4 m di lunghezza.
Foglie: sessili, alterne, lineari a margini interi, lunghe 2 cm larghe 0.3 cm, verde scuro sopra, chiaro sotto.
Fiori: pentameri penduli con petali di colore variabile sul bianco-giallo lunghi circa 2 cm, fiorisce tra giugno e novembre.
Frutti: oblunghi, 2,5 cm di colore violaceo.
I frutti, contengono saponina, una sostanza leggermente tossica per il corpo umano che non è dannosa perché non viene interamente assorbita dall’organismo.
È una sostanza letale invece per i pesci, infatti veniva usata per la pesca dalle antiche tribù.
Dopo una accurata bollitura e dopo aver tolto i semi, il frutto è commestibile.is a small Australian vine found in cool, moist forests from southern New South Wales to Tasmania, where it is native. The slender leafed vine has greenish-yellow flowers and shiny purple fruit. The fruit is edible. It likes rich well-draining moist soil, but is surprisingly drought-hardy when established, though slow-growing in dryer positions.
Sow in trays or pots on the surface of a mix of two-thirds peat based compost, eg. Levington and one third sand, and just cover the seed with a sprinkling of sieved compost or vermiculite.
Place in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag and maintain an optimum temperature of 15-18C .
Germination should take place in 30-60 days .
Smoke treatment is absolutely essential for some Australian native plants and greatly improves germination in others. Simply put, the chemicals in smoke 'break' the seed's dormancy which is the first stage of germination - no smoke, no germination!
There are several methods of smoke treatment short of lighting a bushfire in your backyard. The simplest method is to sow the seed and cover them with smoke impregnated vermiculite as part of the sowing process. When you water, the chemicals are slowly leached out of the vermiculite and bathe the seed in smoke chemicals.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots.
Over-winter at a temperature of about 5C.
Harden off and plant out when all risk of frost has passed in full sun or semi-shade.
Will be ok outside in mild areas but protect in cold areas with fleece or by maintaining in a container and over-wintering in a frost free place