Coast Caper (species: Capparis lucida) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Capparis lucida
Coast Caper

©Anne Hoggett: Flower and fruit of Capparis lucida at Eagle Island near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Capparis lucida shrub about 3 m high just behind the beach at Eagle Island near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: The bright green shrubs are Capparis lucida in the centre of Eagle Island near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Brassicales
Family Capparaceae
Genus Capparis
Species Capparis lucida



Distinguishing features

A distinctive white flower with many drooping stamens and a long gynophore. No spines on the stem unlike other local Capparis species.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Eagle Island: Moderately abundant as at August 2017
  • Lizard Island: Apparently not present

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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