Common name: Quena
Solanum esuriale Lindl. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 0.3 m high, greyish green, stellate-tomentose; prickles usually absent, sometimes present near base of plant.
Leaves mostly oblong to lanceolate, 2–8 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, margins entire and often slightly undulate; lower leaves to 10 cm long and 3 cm wide, shallowly lobed; both surfaces grey-green, stellate-tomentose; petiole mostly 0.5–1.5 cm long.
Inflorescences 2–6-flowered; peduncle 10–40 mm long; rachis 10–20 mm long; pedicels 10–15 mm long. Calyx 4–6 mm long; lobes 2–3 mm long. Corolla rotate-stellate, 15–25 mm diam., purple.
Berry 10–15 mm diam., pale yellow to light yellow-brown.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows along seasonal watercourses; widespread, west from Warialda.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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