The Native Tomato, also known as the Potato Bush or Wild Gooseberry (Solanum
ellipticum) is widespread
throughout Central Australia, providing an abundance of fruit when conditions
are suitable. Its flower is less star-shape then that of the
centrale, the leaves are a velvety grey or blush-green, whilst the
stems has spiny hairs.
The fruit is green with purplish stripes, becoming pale yellow when ripe.
Also features significantly in Aboriginal mythology and culture.
Other species that may be referred to as bush tomatoes include:
Care should be taken when identifying the native tomato in the wild as there
are a number of closely related species, that are similar in appearance, but are
A drought resistant plant, it occurs throughout Central Australia, being most
common on foothills and the lower hill slopes.