The white, spherical fruits of the white-berry bush, Flueggea virosa subsp. virosa, were seen in great abundance on this shrub in January near Orpen. They are fleshy and edible, about 4 mm in diameter. The fruit grow in clusters on yellow stalks of up to 1 cm in length. Fruits, ripe when white and earlier green, are sweet, eaten by birds and game.
The white-berry bush is dioecious, male and female flowers on separate trees. The flowers are inconspicuous, only about 5 mm in diameter and cream green, found in leaf axils from midspring to midsummer.
The thinly textured leaves of F. virosa are simple, alternate and crowded at branch tips. Leaf shape is elliptic to obovate, the tip tapering to rounded, the base tapering. Leaf size is 2,5 cm to 6,5 cm by 1,5 cm to 3 cm, commonly nearer the smaller limit.
The upper surface of the leaf is bright green with white marks, paler on the lower surface. Leaves are hairless, their margins entire. The leaf stalk is brown, up to 3 mm long with brown stipules that drop off early (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Van Wyk and Van Wyk, 1997; Schmidt, et al, 2002; iSpot).