Common Name: Rainforest Spinach
Elatostema reticulatum is a coarse, straggling, evergreen perennial herb with stems growing 50 - 100cm tall[
]. The stems tend to sprawl over the ground, often hanging from rock faces[
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local consumption.
Unlike many other plants in the nettle family (Urticaceae), plants in this genus do not have stinging hairs[
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
Rainforest and moist sclerophyll forest, generally along streams or moist rock faces[
]. Wet sites in rainforests[
A plant of the subtropical to tropical areas of eastern Australia. The plant can tolerate some cold[
Often growing on rocks by rivers, the stems can get smashed when the river is in full spate. The plant usually recovers quickly from this by resprouting from the base[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Young leaves - cooked and eaten as a spinach[
Cuttings of the stems root easily[
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