Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

 Carissa ovata

Kunkerberry, Currant Bush

Apocynaceae

 

 Form and Size: A small shrub, 1-2m high; stems carrying simple or forked spines

Distribution: North-eastern Qld to north-eastern NSW; generally in moist forest areas

Leaves: Opposite, egg-shaped or rounded, may be blunt or pointed, leathery, held stiffly from the branch,
shiny green, 1-3cm x 0.5-1.5cm

Flowers: White, perfumed, 5 petals, about 0.6cm diameter borne in stalked, upright clusters from the upper leaf axils

Flowering Period: October to December

Fruit: Berries, black, egg-shaped, 1-1.5cm long

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed or cuttings
A hardy plant which may be grown in both coastal and inland areas
Prefers a shaded position and needs supplementary watering
Fruit are edible and quite tasty