The Kangaroo Apple is also known as the Bush Tomato. Only when it’s blushing and bursting with ripe, red fruit is it safe to eat. It’s a magnificent plant to observe over time as the fruit changes from green, yellow, orange and red while the flowers bloom.
The leaves of the plant resemble the paw print of the kangaroo hence it’s name. It is a medium sized shrub which grows in NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and Tasmania.
Kangaroo Apple Mini Study
Indoor Prep Work
Visit a conservation park or search road sides for the Kangaroo Apple. We found this one on a roadside in SA. Take photos of your plant, it’s seeds, fruit, leaves and flowers. Use your metadata to measure the plant, it’s fruit, leaves and flowers so you’re able to sketch a life size specimen in your field journal. What type of soil is it growing in? Is it a healthy plant? Why or why not? which insects are pollinating it?
Draw or paste a photo of your plant inside your field journal. Older children can sketch the plant and it’s parts such as the fruit, leaves and flowers as well as label them. Don’t forget to add the date, weather, time and place. Make a note of all you’ve observed on and around this plant alongside your field sketches.
- Search the area for other bush tucker plants.
- Make your own Bush Tucker Mini Guide for your area.
- Paint the leaves to make prints inside your journal.
What bush tucker have you found in your area?
P.S. If you’ve just joined us, and would like to explore the outdoors and you’re unsure of where to start, then I invite you to take a look at the Australian Nature Study Guides, see inside Volume 2 and give the first lesson a go
P.S.S. Nature Science for Aussie families is a F.B. Group where outdoor mamas share their adventures, explorations and activities to motivate, encourage and support one another. We’d love to have you come along side us and share in our joy.