A thank you to David M. aka petrichor@Flickr of Sydney, Australia for submitting today’s photograph (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). David’s weblog, dedicated mostly to plants (and plant photographs) of Australia is here: Kipili.com.
Billardiera scandens is a native of eastern Australia, where it is commonly known as apple berry, common appleberry, apple dumpling or snotberry. As you might guess with its apple-related common names, the ripe fruits are indeed edible. It is most often an evergreen climbing vine or groundcover, though will sometimes form a small shrub. The genus Billardiera is endemic to Australia, though most species occur in the west.
For today, we’ll do a link round-up:
- Billardiera scandens from the Growing Native Plants pages of Australian National Botanic Gardens
- the New South Wales Flora Online account of Billardiera scandens
- Billardiera scandens from Sustainable Gardening Australia
- Wikipedia’s entry on apple berry
- Billardiera scandens via the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants