Description.
A ground-hugging or climbing sub-shrub with branches occasionally reaching 1 metre in length. Leaves are fleshy and 1-2 centimetres in length. The presence of fine white hairs on the leaves gives the plant a silvery appearance. Flowers are tiny and inconspicuous. Fruits are initially green but ripen to yellow and then pink or red. These are much more prominent than the flowers. Fruits of multiple maturational stages are often present simultaneously.
Propagation.
Seed germinates readily without pre-treatment, but may require cleaning. Reported to germinate from cuttings also.
Flowering.
Year-round, but chiefly spring and summer.
Locations.
Principally roadsides and reserves west of Wagga Wagga, including Kindra State Forest, Campbells Ln. and Millwood Rd. Also Wallacetown.
Wiradjuri Name: Barrinan

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Utility.

The branches and leaves of barrinan were used to start fires. The small berries of barrinan vary when ripe between purple, pink, ruby red and sometimes golden yellow or orange.

Food Uses*.

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

* 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