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Binomial Name: Capparis lasiantha


Common Name: Nipan, Bush Caper, Native Orange, Honeysuckle, Splitjack, and Nipang Creeper.




Flower: White (very showy and intended to attract the Caper White Butterfly), solitary, long stamens


Fruit: Hard round fruit 2 to 4 cm in diameter. Fragrant when splits open which is when it is edible


Height: 3 metres


Width: 1.5 metres in shrub form


Habit: Shrub or vine (it will become a shrub if allowed to climb up a structure or another plant)


Aspect: Full sun, morning sun, grows well in filtered under gum tree species 


Soil Type:  Clay to sandy soils, handles compacted soils (gypsum recommended followed by fertiliser


Soil pH:  Alkaline (add dolomite or lime for improved growth) to neutral, 7 to 8


Fertiliser Treatment:  Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Kangaroo and wallaby poo and Aussie animal scats are also beneficial when placed around the root zone. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug


Mulch:  Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness 


Root System: Contained. Not invasive


Drought Tolerant: Once established


Frost Tolerant: Yes


Salt Wind Tolerant: Yes


Host Requred: Yes. Low growing Acacia species


Fast Growing: No 


Gardens: Arid to subtropical, dry gardens


Natural Occurence: Brigalow-Belah, western Queensland, western New South Wales, Northern Territory, Western Australia (Kimberley region)


Known Plant Associations: Eucalyptus species, Atriplex species, Rhagodia species, Citrus glauca, Acacia species, Allocasuarina luehmannii, Acacia harpophylla


Known Fauna Associations:  Caper White Butterfly


Other Information:  Fruit is edible when ripe. Has sharp spines which allow it as a vine/shrub to twist around its host. Capparis lasiantha has also been recorded as a host for the edible mistletoe species Lysiana subfalcata. We sell our Capparis lasiantha with a host plant, Acacia suaveiolens (Sweet Wattle) to encourage upright growth and nitrogen in the soil for more leaves.


Capparis lasiantha (Nipan, Bush Caper)

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