Common name: Devil`s Fig
Solanum chrysotrichum Schltdl. APNI*
Synonyms: Solanum hispidum sensu Stanley & Ross (1986) APNI*
Description: Tall shrub 3–4 m high, densely hairy with stellate hairs (young stems and petioles rusty-hairy); prickles usually sparse, 3–9 mm long, to 5 mm wide at base and slightly recurved.
Leaves broadly ovate, 17–30 (-40) cm long, 12–20 (-30) cm wide, lamina oblique at base, deeply lobed, discolorous, more densely hairy below; petiole usually 3–7 cm long.
Inflorescences branched, up to 50-flowered; peduncle 1–2 cm long to first fork; pedicels 10–15 mm long. Calyx 7–10 mm long; lobes 6–8 mm long. Corolla stellate, deeply incised, 30–45 mm diam., white.
Berry 10–15 mm diam., yellow or orange-yellow.
Flowering: Flowers spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Some records from Sydney's northern beaches, but mostly known from north of Alstonville. Native of Central America.
Grows in disturbed areas on better soils, often in former rainforest areas.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld
The name Solanum hispidum (from the Peruvian Andes) has been misapplied to specimens of S. chrysotrichum in Australia.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Bean, A.R. (2004), Austrobaileya 6 (4): 716-717.
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