Common name: Spiny Potato Bush
Solanum ferocissimum Lindl. APNI*
Synonyms: Solanum ferocissimum var. hastilobum Domin APNI*
Description: Erect, intricate shrub to 1 m high, ± hairy with stellate and some minute glandular hairs; prickles usually abundant on branches, leaves and peduncles, absent from inflorescences.
Leaves linear to linear-hastate, 3–6 cm long, 0.2–0.7 cm wide, margins entire or with 1 or 2 basal lobes; ± concolorous, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface densely hairy; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long.
Inflorescences 3–6-flowered; peduncle 0–3 mm long; pedicels to 12 mm long. Calyx 2–4 mm long; lobes 1–3 mm long. Corolla stellate, deeply incised, 15–20 mm diam., white or pale blue.
Berry 5–8 mm diam., shiny red to almost black.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in sclerophyll communities on red loamy soils, north from Rankins Springs.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. N.T.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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