A common indoor plant due to its low light requirements, Ardisia has escaped cultivation and is recorded weedy from the Mullumbimby area to Sydney.
- Family Myrsinaceae
- Origin NE India, China to Japan
- Habit Evergreen, compact shrub 1-2m high with a bushy head.
- Leaves Dark glossy green above, paler and dull below, elliptic to slightly oblanceolate, 5-12cm long,1.5-3.5cm wide; margins serrated and crinkled.
- Flowers Inflorescence is a many-flowered, umbel. Flowers rather inconspicuous, white and starry, petals 4mm long. Summer – Autumn.
- Fruit Scarlet red globose berry, 5-8mm diam. Long lasting usually persisting through Winter.
- Roots Shallow and fibrous.
- Dispersal Seed spread by water, animals (foxes, rats & birds), humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
- Control Hand pull/dig, scrape and paint, foliar spray.
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