WILD TOMATO (Solanum Orbiculatum) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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It has yellow-green rounded leaves, the leaves and young stems have a light covering of fine tiny hairs, which make it look silvery or rusty.
The fruit are round and approximately 1 cm in diameter, marbled green and turning ivory-cream, then brown why dry. Mainly fruiting in the early summer. This fruit is bitter.
Occurs naturally in Spinifex sandplains, sandhills and dunes of Central Australia, also in the rocky sites of the ranges in crossing the NT border into Western Australia, also in parts of South Australia.
Berries usually appear in summer and/or autumn
Fresh fruit is an important ‘bush tucker’ source for local indigenous people
Germination studies for mine regeneration or the native food industry indicated that germination of seed of this species is promoted with gibberellic acid, smoke water or the smoke isolate, karrikinolide.
Warning - Some Solanum species are poisonous, Care should be taken when identifying the bush tomato in the wild as there are a number of closely related species, that are similar in appearance, but are toxic.