Native plant of the month

  Psychotria loniceroides /Hairy Psychotria

 

Psychotria (si-COT-re-ah) psyche– meaning the soul, treph-to support or nurture (refers to the powerful medicinal properties of some species); loniceroides(lon-iss-er-OIDS-ees) like Lonicera, the honeysuckle.

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). 

Psychotria loniceroides can be found in rainforests and eucalypt forests of the Sunshine Coast.

This little beauty is a wonderful long-lived shrub for shady spots in coastal gardens. They also make excellent indoor plants.

Information provided by Coolum Community Native Nursery

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