Solanum prinophyllum— Forest Nightshade—SOLANACEAE.

Solanum prinophyllum

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Habitat—Grows in sclerophyll forest and on margins, and in disturbed rainforest; coast and adjacent ranges.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Sprawling, annual or short—lived perennial herb to 0.5 m high, often purplish green; sparsely stellate—hairy and with minute glandular hairs also present on young growth; prickles frequent on most parts, except few on peduncles and pedicels.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, plants with prickles, spines or thorns, undersurface green with star–hairs, elliptic to ± ovate in outline, 5 to 8 cm long, 3 to 5 cm wide, deeply lobed, margins of lobes toothed or lobed; concolorous, both surfaces dark green and sparsely stellate—hairy, wrinkled; petiole 0.5 to 1.5 cm long.

Solanum prinophyllum
Solanum prinophyllum

Inflorescence.—1 to 6—flowered; peduncle 1 to 10 mm long; pedicels usually 8 to 10 mm long. Calyx 5 to 7 mm long; lobes 1 to 4 mm long. Corolla campanulate, 10 to 15 mm diam., lilac—blue.

Flowering.—Throughout the year.

Fruit.—Berry 15 to 20 mm diam., green or purple; pedicel 10 to 20 mm long.

Ripe.—Throughout the year.

Solanum prinophyllum