Grewia latifolia is a small shrub endemic to Northern and Eastern Australia. Growing to a height of 2metres, the species is characterised by ovate leaves with serrated margins.
The leaf of this plant was used by the Colonial Settlers to make a tea to assist with diarrhoea and dysentery.
Excerpt from AB & JW Cribb Wild Medicine in Australia "Leaves of Grewia are one of the best known bush medicines, having a wide reputation as a cure for dysentery and diarrhoea. Taken as a decoction, or simply chewed, the leaves were first used by the Aborigines and the treatment was adopted with enthusiasm by white settlers. Efficacy has been suggested as due to a high mucilage content in the leaves.
The berries have a casing around the delicious fruit, which tastes a little like apple cinnamon. Fruit is deeply divided into two lobes or sections, each of which contain two seeds.
This bush produces prolifically, with sweet flowers that look like little white bows when they are flourishing.
The plant is also known as Emu Berry, Dysentery Bush, Dysentery Tree, Dysentery plant, however “Dogs Balls or Dogs Nuts” is the most common name that most people know it by.
Grewia latifolia is a very drought tolerant plant that has a long taproot. It can be grown in a large pot successfully as we do ourselves.
5 seeds per packet