Solanum pungetium—Eastern Nightshade—SOLANACEAE

Solanum pungetium

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Habitat— In open forest and disturbed Warm-temperate, Littoral and Dry Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Sale in Victoria to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

Description—Sprawling, annual or short-lived perennial herb to 1.5 m high; stellate-hairy; prickles scattered on branches, peduncles and leaves.

Local occurrences

Bodalla State Forest.

Leaves.—Simple, plants with prickles, spines or thorns. Adult leaves not deeply lobed, cut less than halfway to midvein, lower leaf surface green. Leaves elliptic, 5 to 8 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, lobed, lobes obtusely triangular; slightly discolorous, upper surface dark green and sparsely hair, lower surface paler and moderately hairy; petiole 1 to 1.5 cm long.

Solanum pungetium
Solanum pungetium

Inflorescence.—1 to 3-flowered; peduncle absent or very short; pedicels 20 to 40 mm long. Calyx 5 to 7 mm long; lobes 3 to 4 mm long. Corolla campanulate-rotate, 15 to 20 mm diam., pale purple.

Flowering.—Mainly Spring to Autumn.

Fruit.—Berry 25 to 30 mm diam., yellow; pedicel 25 to 50 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer to Winter.

Solanum pungetium