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Horse Nettle

Solanum carolinense


This specimen was past flowering and starting to fruit. All parts of the plant are poisonous, including the tomato-like fruits. Horse nettle is a member of the nightshade family. The stems are covered in tiny thorns. When flowering, the plant features a five-petaled white star-shaped flower, with yellow stamen.


Georgia Piedmont, Indian Springs State Park - located beneath a pine tree.


Cell phone photography, taken during rain.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 2, 2018
Submitted on Aug 3, 2018

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