Capparis lasiantha R.Br. ex DC.
Candolle, A.P. de (1824) Prodromus 1: 247. Type: in Novae-Hollandiae ora orientali inter tropicos. (v.s.) [given by M.Jacobs, Blumea 12 (1965) 462-463 as R. Brown s.n.; holo:G-DC; iso: BM, K.].
Wyjeelah; Nepine; Split Jack; Thulla-Kurbin; Nipang Creeper; Creeper, Bush; Creeper, Nipan; Native Orange; Orange, Native; Bush Caper; Nipan
Vine stem diameters to 5 cm recorded. Younger stems clothed in bumps each with a short sharp spine on top.
Leaf blades about 22-70 x 6-30 mm, petioles about 2-5 mm long. Venation not very obvious. Young shoots and young leaves densely clothed in brown woolly hairs.
Flowers pleasantly perfumed, produced on separate pedicels about 10-15 mm long one above the other in the leaf axils. Sepals 4 (2+2) the outer sepals smaller, about 6-8 mm long, 1 pouched at the base, inner sepals about 8-9 mm long. Petals about 9-10 x 4-5 mm, densely clothed in white woolly hairs on the outer surface. Staminal filaments about 2 mm long, attached low down on the back of the anther. Gynophore about 18 mm long. Ovules numerous.
Food plant for the larval stages of the White Caper Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
This species may have some medicinal uses as aboriginals were reputed to use it in the treatment of stings.
Aborigines of the Broome area used a cold decoction of the bark for swellings and bites of both snakes and insects. They also used the nectar from the flowers as a cough remedy. Cribb (1981).