Description.
A twining or clump-forming forb or sub-shrub. Leaves are linear or arrow-shaped and somewhat fleshy. Flowers are tiny and visually insignificant, but are followed by bright red or yellow fruits. These are often present year-round. Each fruit contains a single dark seed.
Propagation.
Seed germinates well without treatment, though may take several weeks. Success from cuttings has also been reported.
Flowering.
Year-round, though mainly summer-autumn.
Locations.
Common by roadsides and in reserves, but usually inconspicuous. Dense populations occur along The Gap Rd and several adjoining roads. Found in reserves throughout the region, e.g. Matong State Forest, Willans Hill, Mates Gully TSR, The Rock NR and most others.
Wiradjuri Name: Barrinan

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Utility.

The branches and leaves of barrinan were used to start fires.

Food Uses*.

The small berries of barrinan vary when ripe between deep pink and ruby red. The berries are a well known bush food where the small soft flesh and hard seed was eaten (considered texturally similar to pomegranate)

This particular barrinan also had edible leaves that could be blanched and eaten..

* The critical factor in using plants for food is to avoid accidental poisoning. Eat only those plants you can positively identify and you know are safe to eat. All food details on this website are not based on toxicology reports or scientific knowledge, we make no claim to advice on bush survival in these information bites, only to represent the common perception.

Medicinal Uses.

No current medicinal properties are currently listed.

Based on the flora of the Graham Centre Biodiversity Nursery