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Capparis lasiantha – Nipan (seed)


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Capparis lasiantha is native to inland areas of northern Australia; QLD, WA and NT. It is a climbing or scrambling shrub from 3-4m tall, starting life as a thin spiky vine like plant before becoming tree like with age. Australia has 10-20 native Capparis species.

Related to the commercial caper (Capparis spinosa), the young flower buds perhaps may be pickled like capers and the edible fruit eaten without preparation, they taste sweet and are eaten whole. Quite a lot of people rave about how good the fruit are! Also called Native Passionfruit.

Care and Cultivation of Capparis lasiantha

Capparis lasiantha seeds should be sown 10mm below surface of a good seed raising mix in the warmer months, once daily minimum temperatures are above 15 degrees C. Nicking the seeds may increase germination rates but should germinate well with no treatment.

Capparis lasiantha likes a full sun position and well-drained soil. Will respond well to regular watering over the warmer months, even over colder months in most areas. Frost and drought hardy.

5 seeds per packet


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