Common name: Potato Tree, Tobacco Tree
Solanum erianthum D.Don APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 6 m high, often with spreading crown, often greyish green, densely stellate-hairy; prickles absent.
Leaves ovate to elliptic, 8–24 cm long, 4–15 cm wide, margins entire; ± concolorous, both surfaces greyish, stellate-pubescent; petiole 1–10 cm long.
Inflorescences branched, many-flowered; peduncle to first fork 30–80 mm long; pedicels 5–10 mm long. Calyx 4–7 mm long; lobes 1–2.5 mm long. Corolla stellate, 13–19 mm diam., white.
Berry c. 10 mm diam., dull yellow, hairy.
Flowering: chiefly autumn–winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed sites, often near rainforest; coastal areas, chiefly north from Bellingen.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Considered native of Aust., but almost certainly a pre-European settlement introduction from C Amer.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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