Wild Orange (species: Capparis sepiaria) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Capparis sepiaria
Wild Orange

©Anne Hoggett: Paired, proximal-pointing thorns (really stipules) on stem of Capparis sepiaria at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves and thorny stipules of Capparis sepiaria at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves of Capparis sepiaria at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Brassicales
Family Capparaceae
Genus Capparis
Species Capparis sepiaria



Distinguishing features

Capparis sepiaria is notable for its small, very sharp thorns, paired at the base of each leaf, that cling to clothing and skin. Flowers arranged in umbels. Starts life as a small shrub and develops into a climbing vine with stems reported to reach 5 cm diameter.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. (2003). Terrestrial vegetation patterns and plant communitites on Pacific coral cays, Scripta Bot. Belg., 24: 155-167. LIRS catalog number 830.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
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