The flower is small and greenish, with a greenish fruit that turns bright red,
fleshing and enclosing a round pitted stone. There is also a rarer
yellow-fruited form. The fruit ripens in September to October, depending on
It is found growing in sandy spinifex areas, often near water courses, salt
lakes or hills. Like others of the genus, the plant is parasitic on the roots of
other trees. The plant is becoming rare in the wild because of heavy browsing
pressure from feral camels. The fruit is also enjoyed by the Bowerbirds, who may
also use the un-ripen green fruit to line their bower during courtship.
Extreme care must be taken when identifying edible food plants and those used
in bush medicine. Some bush
foods are only edible at different stages of the plant cycle, or when treated
appropriately. Bush medicine should only be used under the guidance of a
qualified physician. Information here is only provided for research. You should always
seek experts in the field to confirm the identification of the plant and whether
they are edible or appropriate.