Common name: Lagoon Nightshade, Lagoon Nightshade
Solanum lacunarium F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect or sprawling, perennial herb to 0.3 m high, grey-green; stellate-hairy; reddish prickles abundant on leaves, usually less common elsewhere.
Leaves elliptic, 1–9 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide, shallowly to deeply lobed, margins of lobes entire to shallowly lobed; discolorous, upper surface green and sparsely hairy, lower surface paler and densely hairy; petiole 1.5–4 cm long.
Inflorescences 4–10-flowered; peduncle 10–30 mm long; rachis 10–30 mm long, lengthening in fruit; pedicels 8–10 mm long. Calyx 3–5 mm long; lobes 1–2 mm long. Corolla broad-stellate to rotate-pentagonal, 15–30 mm diam., blue.
Berry 10–15 mm diam., pale yellow; fruiting axis including peduncle to 12 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on heavy clay soils of river floodplains, west from Wilcannia.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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