Salpichroa origanifolium Solanaceae Cock's-eggs

Salpichroa origanifolium nnkb

Description - A soft, climbing shrub that needs other plants for support, It is a uniform matt green, and finely downy, with small leaves and small hanging white flowers. These develop into white berries.

Habitat - It seems to enjoy sandy,poor soil, and is found mainly in coastal areas, but where there is some shelter from the wind.

Comments - This plant hails from South America, and was first recorded here in 1946, at Grandes Rocques, where it is still prolific all around the old Hotel.It has spread up and down the coast a little way, but not to any great extent. Why Cock's-eggs? The berries are egg-shaped, but this does not provide a good explanation. Any ideas?



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