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KANGAROO APPLE

Solanum aviculare

Plant Family

Solanaceae

Alternative Common Names

Poroporo, gunyang, koonyang, mookich, mayakich, meakich.

Erect perennial shrub to 2m high. Only found in several communities of the Upper Darling Basin. The species is being cultivated overseas for the production of steroids.

Leaves - are large and lobed with the middle one longer resembling a kangaroo paw; on young plants may be very deeply divided into narrow pointed lobes.

Flowers - violet-blue similar to a potato flower but larger.

Fruit - oval, yellow when ripe. Edible but unpleasant to taste.

Flowering spring.

Habitat

Mainly in mallee on calcareous red earths; also found in belah, white cypress pine and wilga communities.

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