In the last fortnight lovely Painted Marianthus (Marianthus bicolor) plants have been covered in flowers in open wandoo/marri woodland, and will increase after recent heavy rain. These plants are climbers and would be wonderful plants in a native garden. Plant hotspots are southern edge of Williams road and around the Claypit. Marianthus and Billardiera belong to the Pittosporum family. These are shrubs, often vines that often have fleshy seed pods. The pods on some species are used for bush tucker, but after my disastrous taste test of the native apricot I am more careful.
Painted Marianthus fruit has a thin rind when green that tastes nasty. Red Marianthus/Marianthus erubescens ( Candy Block) has similar fruit