Common name: Kangaroo Apple, Poroporo
Solanum aviculare G.Forst. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 4 m high, glabrous except for hairs on new growth and corolla apices; prickles absent.
Leaves lobed or margins entire, concolorous, glabrous; lobed leaves broad-elliptic to obovate, 15–30 cm long, lobes 1–10 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide, petiole to 4 cm long; entire leaves lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 8–25 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, petiole 1–2 cm long.
Inflorescences £ 10-flowered; peduncle to 35 mm long; rachis to 150 mm long, often forked at base; pedicels 15–20 mm long. Calyx 5–6 mm long; lobes 1.5–3 mm long. Corolla rotate-stellate, 25–40 mm diam., blue-violet.
Berry 10–15 mm diam., orange-red to scarlet.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas, often as a weed; widespread in coastal rainforest, west to Condobolin area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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