Solanum hapalum—Furry Nightshade—SOLANACEAE

Solanum hapalum

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Habitat— In and on the margins of Warm Rainforest and Sclerophyll Forest.

Distribution— North from the Yarratt State Forest in New South Wales to the McPherson Range in Queensland. Also an outlier near Batemans Bay.

Description— Shrub

Local occurrences

Middle Brother National Park and Yarratt State Forest

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, densely hairy on both surfaces. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 4 to 7 cm long, apex tapering to a point, base oblique and rounded or cordate, both surfaces soft, with a dense covering of sessile star hairs (lateral rays 6 to 8), upper surface grey–green, lower surface white or yellow; petiole 0.5 to 4 cm long. Branchlets yellow or brownish, star hairs very dense, sessile.

Solanum hapalum
Solanum hapalum

Inflorescence.— Mauve.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit.— A berry, globose, 6 to 7 mm diam; bright red, partly covered by the long sepals.

Ripe.—Summer.

Solanum hapalum