Psychotria loniceroides – Hairy Psychotria (plant)
Psychotria loniceroides is an Australian endemic species of the Rubiaceae family, named for its resemblance to the Lonicera (Honeysuckle) genus. Many members of the large Psychotria genus are used medicinally. The chemistry of P. loniceroides is unknown. Psychotria loniceroides is an attractive shade loving shrub, 1.5 to 2.5m in height and approx. 1m wide. It has soft downy covered pale green foliage with clusters of white to yellowish small flowers February to April. Hairy psychotria usually produces flowers and fruit once it reaches 1-2 m in height. The creamy yellow berries, while edible, are not particularly tasty but they are known to attract birds from March to August (including the Green Catbird in some areas). From Noosa Coastcare website.
Care and Cultivation of Psychotria loniceroides
Psychotria loniceroides prefers a part shade, moist, well-drained position in the garden and a rich loam soil with adequate fertiliser. Hairy Psychotria is very drought tolerant and is suitable for a lot of gardens.
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