Climbing (?) bush with large fruits ID'd by Fermi as Araujia sericifera

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I was walking in the neighbourhood here in L'Alfs del Pi, Alicante (Spain) and I saw several bushes with large fruits that I have never seen before. I'm not sure if they were climbers or bushes leaning on the fence along the road. The fruits were large (6-7 cm long), some of them turning purple, There were also some dry seed capsules, some of them had seeds attached to long, w.hite, silky fibres.
Does anybody recognize this?


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Young seeds:

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« Last Edit: November 25, 2019, 10:00:37 AM by Alisdair »
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Fermi

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Re: Climbing (?) bush with large fruits
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2019, 06:25:13 AM »
If it is a vine it could be Araujia sericifera the cruel vine or false choko
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Umbrian

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Re: Climbing (?) bush with large fruits
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2019, 08:59:36 AM »
I  think you are right Fermi although mine has never had purple tinged seed pods. It always amazes me that the small white flowers produce such large seed pods.  It is a prolific self -seeder
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Re: Climbing (?) bush with large fruits ID'd by Fermi as Araujia sericifera
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2019, 05:05:07 PM »
Thank you for  the identification, Fermi, I'm sure you are right, I think it is a climber as well.
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Re: Climbing (?) bush with large fruits ID'd by Fermi as Araujia sericifera
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2019, 09:16:21 PM »
Known here as moth vine, and a menace in native bush. I wage constant war on it, collecting the pods before they ripen, and removing the vines when I can get at them.  When cut, the stems bleed a sticky white sap. I've never seen a purple pod, but in all other respects it looks right!
I am establishing a garden on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes out of Auckland. The site is windy, the clay soil dries out quickly in summer and is like plasticine in winter, but it is still very rewarding. Water is an issue, as we depend on tanks. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas. Caroline