Solanum inaequilaterum—Brush Nightshade—SOLANACEAE

Solanum inaequilaterum

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Habitat—Grows in disturbed sites and rainforest margins and regrowth.

Distribution— North from Dorrigo National Park in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Shrub to 2 m high.

Local occurrences

Dorrigo National Park and Junuy Juluum National Park

Leaves.—Alternate, lobed with prickles dense on main stems, scattered to abundant on leaves and peduncle, absent from pedicel and calyx, young leaves often purplish; simple and glandular hairs also on pedicel and calyx; prickles dense on main stems, scattered to abundant on leaves and peduncle, absent from pedicel and calyx. Leaves elliptic, 4 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, margins entire to shallowly lobed; both surfaces green, sparsely stellate–hairy or rarely lower surface densely hairy; petiole 1 to 3 cm long. Juvenile leaves to 20 cm long and to 15 cm wide, deeply lobed; petiole to 5 cm long.

Solanum inaequilaterum
Solanum inaequilaterum

Inflorescence.—Often congested, 1 to 10–flowered; peduncle 10 to 15 mm long; pedicels 5 to 10 mm long. Calyx 8 to 10 mm long; lobes 5 to 8 mm long. Corolla broad–stellate, 25 to 35 mm diam., blue. Fruiting peduncle to 25 mm long, thickened in upper half.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer

Fruit.—Berry 10 to 20 mm diam., scarlet.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Solanum inaequilaterum