Blackcurrant

Antidesma ghaesembilla Gaertner

Order: Euphorbiales

Family: Phyllanthaceae (was Euphorbiaceae)

Names:

Blackcurrant because it has fruit that look like black currants

Other Names:

Antidesma
Ghaesembilla

Summary:

Description:

Cotyledons:

Two.

First leaves:

Leaves:

Stipules -
Petiole -
Blade -
Stem leaves -

Stems:

Flower stem -

Flower head:

Flowers:

Ovary -
Calyx -
Perianth -
Sepals -
Petals -
Stamens -
Anthers -

Fruit:

Seeds:

Roots:

Key Characters:

Biology:

Life cycle:

Perennial shrub or semi deciduous tree.

Physiology:

Reproduction:

Flowering times:

Seed Biology and Germination:

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Hybrids:

Allelopathy:

Population Dynamics and Dispersal:

Origin and History:

Malaysia. Asia.

Distribution:

ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA.

Courtesy Australia's Virtual Herbarium.

Habitats:

Climate:

Soil:

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Significance:

Beneficial:

Edible fruit that are eaten raw or used in jams.
A purple dye that is used for basket weaving. is extracted from it.
Aboriginal food.
Aboriginals used it for gums.

Detrimental:

Toxicity:

Not recorded as toxic.

Legislation:

None.

Management and Control:

Thresholds:

Eradication strategies:

Herbicide resistance:

Biological Control:

Related plants:

Herbert River Cherry (Antidesma dallachyanum)
(Antidesma brunius)
(Antidesma parvifolium)

Plants of similar appearance:

References:

Lazarides, M. and Hince, B. (1993). CSIRO handbook of economic plants of Australia. (CSIRO, Melbourne). #105.3.

Acknowledgments:

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