Grewia latifolia is a small shrub endemic to Northern and Eastern Australia. Growing to a height of 2m, the species is characterised by ovate leaves with serrated margins.
It was used for the treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea by both the Aboriginal Australian and the colonial settlers. The root and stem being pounded then used by the Aborigines, and the leaf being made into a tea by the colonials.
The berries are a very thin layer of really delicious fruit surrounding the round hard seeds. The fruit tastes like sweet smoky apple cinnamon. Tasty edible berry inside hairy capsule.
Each bush produces several hundred berries, and each berry really does look like miniature dog testicles. Other names it is known by include Emu Berry, Dysentery Bush, Dysentery Tree, Dysentery plant, Grewia richardiana, Grewia latifolia f. latifolia, Grewia latifolia f. parvifolia, Grewia blattaefolia, Microcos blattifolia, Microcos latifolia, however “Dogs Balls” is by far the most common name for it.
Incredibly hardy, drought tolerant plant that sinks a really long taproot in dry rocky conditions. Produces flushes of flowers and fruit all year round.
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available