Common Names: Rainforest spinach, soft nettle
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
A herbaceaous plant to about 30 cm tall in subtropical rainforest, along
streams in the bed-low bank position, or in otherwise wet sites. From southern
NSW to north-east Queensland.
Leaves are alternate, ovate-elliptical up to 20cm long and 7cm wide with an
uneven base and serrated margin.
Flowers are greenish-creamy coloured, occurring on peduncles which arise from
leaf axils from December-May.
Fruit is inconspicuous achenes.
Lush appearance makes it a most useful plant for shady, well-watered positions.
The leaves and young stems are edible and can be used as a substitute for
Easily propagated from cuttings.
The aborigines boiled it in bark or in large sea-shells.
I had some growing in a very damp and shaded area in Maleny for many years
but the scrub turkeys did it in eventually.
The taste is delicate, with a slightly 'mucously' texture - much more discrete
than our native spinach - Warrigal greens - Tetragonia tetraganoides.