A plant of midyim
Other names: Midgen berry
Midyim is native to Australia. It is a small rambling shrub with pointed leaves, upto 2.5 cm long. This plant usually grows in sandy soils.
Fruits of midyim
A a spreading shrub up to 2 m tall.
Leaves are glossy dark green lanceolate
9-30 mm long by 3-10 mm wide with numerous conspicuous oil glands. They
are arranged in opposite rows. The undersurface of the leaves has a
dense covering of appressed hairs giving it a pale appearance. The young
coppery coloured growing shoots are densely silky hairy.
The flowers are 7-1 0 mm in diameter and have white ovate petals. They are usually borne in clusters of 2-5 flowers in the upper axils, although solitary flowers are also common.
The fruits are berries containing 3-9 pale brown seeds. They are white and covered in small blue black spots, giving the fruit a mauvish appearance. The fruit are edible and have a sweet taste. The fruits ripen in autumn.
The fruits are gathered
and eaten fresh by aborigines. They have a pleasant aromatic taste.
Developing fruits of midyim
Bush fruit fans relish midyim fruits very much.
Midyim is a relatively
easy species to propagate. Fresh cleaned seed germinates in 3-4 weeks
while uncleaned fruits take about a week longer. Although the testa (the
outer coat) of the seed is hard no mechanical scarification is
necessary. Propagation from cuttings is also easy.