Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Carissa scabra R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 468. Type: v.v.
Scrambling to much branched woody shrub to 1 m tall. Axillary spines 7-12 mm long, simple to tripartite.
Leaf blades thickly textured; 15-35 x 7-15 mm, margins revolute; upper surface dark green, scabrid; lower surface with sparse to dense indumentum; petioles 1.5-2 mm long producing a milky exudate when broken. Stipules spiny, 3-4 mm long.
Cyme up to 2 mm long; peduncle up to 2 mm long. Flowers 8-12 mm long, 5-6 mm diameter, scented; pedicels 2-3 mm long, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate, 3-3.2 x 0.7-0.9 mm, glabrous. Corolla tube 7-9 x 1.5-2 mm, with scattered to sparse hairs on outside, internally glabrous; lobes lanceolate, 2.7-2.9 x 0.9-1 mm covered in scattered hairs.Stamens inserted 3-3.2 mm from top of tube.
Features not available.
The fruit is edible with a tart taste (Forster 1992).