Antidesma parvifolium Phyllanthaceae

Currant Bush

Form and Size: Small, bushy shrub with dense foliage, 2-3m high; semi-deciduous and having separate male and female plants

Distribution: Qld and NT: in coastal scrubs, sandstone escarpment woodlands or vine thickets

Leaves: Small, oval, blunt, light green, crowded on the stem, 0.8-2.5cm x 1-2.3cm

Bark: Grey, smooth

Flowers: 0.5-1.5cm long; male in spikes 1-2.5cm long, female in racemes 0.5-1.5cm long; in the upper axils or terminally

Flowering Period: November to January

Fruit: Oval, fleshy, purple-black, 0.4-0.6cm long; a single hard seed

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed or cuttings. Suitable for jam making