Kangaroo Apple

Kangaroo apple
The bright orange fruit of the Kangaroo Apple growing in Milarri Garden.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Mookitch (Gunditjmara)

Botanical name: Solanum aviculare
Family: Solanaceae

Uses

The fleshy berries can be eaten but only when very ripe, often being placed in sand heaps to ripen. Unripe berries are poisonous. This plant was also used for contraception.

Distribution

Kangaroo Apples are found in red gum habitat, wet sclerophyll forests and grassy open forest in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Cultivation

This soft woody shrub is fast-growing and requires regular pruning to stop it growing straggly. It grows to 1–3 m tall and 1–4 m wide. It requires well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

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Flower of the Kangaroo Apple