Common name: Bridal Flower
Solanum bauerianum Endl. APNI*
Description: Soft-wooded shrub or small tree to c. 3 m tall, glabrous; prickles absent.
Leaves alternate or sometimes paired, unequal; lamina lanceolate-elliptical, 6–13 cm long, 2.5–6 cm broad, entire or irregularly and coarsely dentate-undulate; apex acute to acuminate, blunt tipped.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary, panicle-like, many-flowered; peduncle 1.5–3.5 mm long; pedicels 5–10 mm long in flower, deflexed in fruit. Calyx 1.5–2 mm long; lobes short and broad, apiculate. Corolla rotate-stellate, 1.5–1.75 mm diam., white.
Berry globose, c. 6 mm diam., bright red or scarlet.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands, but now presumed extinct.
Coastal areas near the sea.
NSW subdivisions: ?LHI
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Presumed Extinct
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.S. Green, Fl. Australia 49 (1994).
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