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Solanum celatum A.R.Bean
Family Solanaceae
Solanum celatum A.R.Bean APNI*

Description: Erect shrub 1–2.5 m high, very densely stellate-tomentose; prickles sparse on stems, rare on petioles and calyces, usually absent elsewhere.

Leaves narrowly ovate to elliptical, mostly 4.6–12.5 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, entire; discolorous, upper surface grey-green and densely hairy, lower surface yellowish-white and densely hairy; venation often prominent below; petiole 0.8–2.4 cm long.

Inflorescences 4–7-flowered; [peduncle mostly 2–10 mm long; rachis to 60 mm long;] pedicels 15–20 mm long at anthesis. [Calyx 5.5–9 mm long; lobes usually 2.5–5 mm long.] Corolla rotate, 24–32 mm diam., purple.

Berry globular,13–16 mm diam., pale green; fruiting pedicels 15–23 mm long.


Flowering: August to October.

Distribution and occurrence: Recorded from a restricted area: Wollongong to a little south of Nowra and west to Bungonia Nature Reserve.

Grows on hills and slopes in eucalypt woodland; commonly found after fire or disturbance.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, ST

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: A.R. Bean (2001)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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