Tetragonia tetragonioides

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Tetragonia tetragonioidesFamily: Aizoaceae
Genus: Tetragonia
Common names: Native Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Warrigal Greens
ALA reference

This species which was featured last month is spreading rapidly and has already flowered and set fruit.  (November 2010)

This is a prostrate sprawling plant with soft stems and leaves. Interestingly several seedlings have appeared in the last month presumably from seeds which have remained dormant for many years under the carpet of cat’s claw creeper.

It is a “bush tucker” plant and may be used as a substitute for spinach. It was widely used as such during the early years of European settlement in Australia. It contains a high level of oxalic acid that is leached out in boiling water. The water in which it is boiled must be discarded as it is toxic. (October 2010)