Solanum sulphureum—Taree Nightshade—SOLANACEAE

Solanum sulphureum

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Habitat—Sunny breaks in Rainforest, Eucalypt Forests with Rainforest understory and Rainforest regrowth on pasture land. Usually below 200 meters elevation.

Distribution— From Taree to Wingham on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

Description—Erect, rhizomatous perennial shrub to 2.5 meters high. Adult branchlets yellow, rusty or brown, prickles present, glabrous; stellate hairs dense to very dense.

Local occurrences—Kiwarrak State Forest

Leaves.—Ovate, entire, lamina 6.5 to 12.3 cm long, 2.3 to 5.8 cm wide, apex acute, base obtuse or cordate, petiole 0.8 to 3.1 cm long, prickles usually present. Upper surface green, lower surface greenish white or grey white.

Solanum sulphureum
Solanum sulphureum

Inflorescence.—Supra–axillary, cymose, 7 to 11 flowered, calyx with prickles at anthesis usually present, stellate hairs very dense. Corolla purple.

Flowering.—Mainly spring to summer.

Fruit.—1 to 4 per inflorescence, globular, anvil–shaped, 14 to 19 mm diameter, yellow to yellowish–green.

Ripe.—Late Spring to early Autumn. Also at other times of the year.