Coral Berry

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Rivina humilis

Description

This is an upright herbaceous plant or small shrub usually growing up to 1 metre. The slender stems become slightly woody with age, especially near the base of the plant. Younger stems are greenish in colour and mostly hairless.

Leaves are simple and alternately arranged along the stems and are borne on stalks. They are oblong or narrowly egg-shaped in outline.

Flowers are whitish and arranged in elongated axillary clusters in the forks of the upper leaves. Numerous small flowers are produced in each of these clusters. These flowers have 4 small ‘petals’ and are initially white or pinkish but turn greenish as they mature. Flowering occurs mostly during spring and summer.

Berries are small and rounded that contain a single seed. These fruit turn from green to bright shining red (occasionally orange) as they mature.

Habitat prefers damp, shady sites in closed forests, forest margins, riparian vegetation, waste areas, urban bushland and gardens in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Weed characteristics leaves have an unpleasant smell when crushed. It becomes a weed of forests and urban backyards.

Dispersal by birds, water and in mud attached to animals and vehicles.

Declaration Details

This species is not a declared plant under Queensland legislation but its control is recommended.

How to act

Foliar spraying can be an effective method. Small infestations can be hand pulled.

Refer to Weed Control Methods.

References

Related information

Coral Berry © NQ Dry Tropics 2011
Coral Berry © NQ Dry Tropics 2011

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