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Tropical Soda Apple

Solanum viarum

Description:

The leaves were the most noticeable thing about the plant, with large spikes protruding from the main veins. The fruit was colored similarly to a watermelon and it was between the size of grape and a plum. I didn't see any open flowers, but photo 4 shows a bud. The buds were hairy just like the leaves.

Habitat:

Grassy, disturbed area that looked like a horse trail. Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park

Notes:

Considered a noxious weed. Spread by livestock and wild animals.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 29.60, Long: -82.28

Spotted on Dec 11, 2018
Submitted on Mar 12, 2019

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