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Solanum sp.

Solanacceae Solanum sp.


This weed was growing amongst various Eucalypt species and native flowers. The flowers are white with a yellow centre, the berries are green with the more mature berries being black. It belongs to the Solanacceae family. The family is also informally known as the nightshade - or potato family. The family includes Datura (Jimson weed), Mandragora (mandrake), belladonna (deadly nightshade), Lycium barbarum (Wolfberry), Physalis philadelphica (Tomatillo) , Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry flower), Capsicum (paprika, chili pepper), Solanum (potato, tomato, eggplant), Nicotiana (tobacco), and Petunia.


Open Eucalypt forest


Solanum(nightshades, kangaroo apples).A very large genus of herbs, shrubs, trees and even climbers. They are usually hairy, and often prickly. The flower is star-shaped, sometimes a very pointed star, in other instances with almost no points at all. The fruit is a succulent berry. In Western Australia there are 43 native species, mostly in the arid zone, and 11 naturalised ones. Consult a specialist text for exact identification. Two similar species occur on roadsid es and wastelands. S. americanum (glossy nightshade) occurs from Geraldton to Albany, chiefly in wet areas. It is a sprawling or erect annual or short-lived perennial to 60cm. It has oval, dark green leaves. The small, star-shaped white flowers grow in stalked clusters from the leaf axils, and are followed by shiny black berries. A cosmopolitan weed, probably originally from America. From

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1 Comment

VineWorld 9 years ago

Looks like Solanum nigrum or a very close relative.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Sep 3, 2011
Submitted on Sep 5, 2011

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