Tuesday, 21 May 2013

why is this plant called kangaroo apple?

I posted a photo of what I call a kangaroo apple, on my other blog.

Mary added a comment questioning the origin of the name.

Bushranger says the name might be used because the leaves resemble the footprint of a kangaroo. But in my photo the leaves don't look like that.

However, recently I saw a small seedling at Marysville, and the little plantlet did have leaves that look like pawprints.


Anonymous said...

Interesting - not a plant I've seen here in the UK. But maybe that's because we don't have kangaroos either!

parlance said...

It's a plant that doesn't live long, so perhaps that's why it's not seen in gardens on other continents. It's a relative of the tomato.