The Wild Passionfruit (Capparis spinosa var. nummularia) is found growing in Central Australia and is a bush food.
The Wild Passionfruit is a native Australian plant that is a relative of the well-known caper bush. It bears fruits from the beginning of summer through to the first frosts of winter. The fruits and flower buds are used. The large white flowers attract the white caper butterflies whose caterpillar can quickly eat and strip all the leaves from the bush. The bush does usually recover rapidly. The fruit are also very popular with ants.
There are 19 known Australian Capparis species. Whilst most are found growing in the tropical north of Australia, although there are a few that thrive in the arid parts of Australia including Capparis spinosa var. nummularia
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Eudicots
- Clade: Rosids
- Order: Brassicales
- Family: Capparaceae
- Genus: Capparis
- Species: C. spinosa
- Subspecies: C. s. subsp. nummularia
- Trinomial name: Capparis spinosa subs