The smooth psychotria, or turkey bush (Psychotria daphnoides) is a lovely, open shrub with shiny green leaves, and a profusion of terminal, small star-shaped flowers through spring and into summer.
The ellipsoid, cream-white fruit are succulent and edible. This species is naturally found north from the Manning River in New South Wales into South-East Queensland at the edges of rainforests and as an understory plant in wet eucalypt forests. As such, it grows well in gardens with moist, well-drained soil in either full or partial sun.
As it provides both food and protection for small birds, it is a good plant to include in bird-attracting gardens. The flowers also provide food for a variety of adult butterflies. Since this species can grow in a variety of light conditions, it is also a valuable regeneration species where it will provide a stable middle story once trees have grown and will self-sow.
The genus name Psychotria is derived from the Greek meaning ‘sustaining life’. It is a pantropical plant group and many species have been used in medicinal preparations, although to date ethnobotanical use of this particular species by indigenous Australians has not been identified.
Form: Shrub to 3 Metres High to 2 Metres across
Aspect: Full Sun / Semi-Shade
Soil/Conditions: Moist /Well-Drained
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available