Solanum stelligerum—Star Nightshade, Devil's Needles—SOLANACEAE.

Solanum stelligerum

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Habitat—Grows on coastal sand dunes, sclerophyll forest and rainforest margins,

Distribution—North from Narooma area in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description— Erect woody shrub to 2 m high, stellate-hairy; prickles usually scattered on branches, less common or absent elsewhere.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Copeland, Dixon Property, Golden Ponds Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Second Head, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire with sparse spines on leaves and stems, undersurface of dense yellowish hairs. Lanceolate to elliptic, 3 to 7 cm long, 1 to 2.5 cm wide, margins entire or irregularly toothed; upper surface green and sparsely hairy or glabrous, lower surface yellowish or rusty—tomentose; petiole 5 to 20 cm long.

Solanum stelligerum
Solanum stelligerum

Inflorescence.— 1 to 10—flowered; peduncle to 20 mm long; rachis to 20 mm long; pedicels 1 to 2 mm long. Calyx 6 to 8 mm long; lobes 3 to 6 mm long. Corolla stellate, deeply incised, 20 to 25 mm diam., pale lilac to almost white.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit.—Berry 5 to 10 mm diam., bright red.

Ripe.—Mainly late Summer.

Solanum stelligerum