This large shrub has long, soft leaves (up to 35 cm), with pointed tips. The leaves on the young plant are strongly lobed, up to 4 large lobes on each edge. On mature bushes, most of the upper leaves are unlobed and narrow, about 10 times as long as wide. The midvein and branchlet stems have a distinctive purplish colour. The midvein is slightly raised on the upper surface and very prominent on the underside.
The violet-blue flowers, with bright-yellow stamens and 5 spreading petals, occur in spring and summer. Their shape resembles that of the potato flower Solanum tuberosum a member of the same genus.
The bush bears plentiful egg-shaped fruit, up to 3 cm long, which turn bright-orange when ripe and contain numerous small, brown seeds.
The Kangaroo Apple can be easily propagated from seed which stores well and germinates in 1-4 weeks. It is useful as a colonising species in a rainforest regeneration patch because so many fruit on the same bush ensures that plentiful self-seeding occurs once the species is established. The plant is hardy and grows quickly, but it usually lasts only a few years.
Distribution: Tas to Qld and also New Guinea.