Solanum jucundum A.R.Bean APNI*
Description: Erect rhizomatous shrub 0.6(-1.8) m high, dark green or grey-green; stellate hairy; prickles absent or scattered on young growth, branches and leaves.
Leaves oblong to ovate-oblong, 2.5–8.5 cm long, 1.1–2.3 cm wide, discolorous, upper surface sparsely stellate-hairy, lower surface densely stellate-hairy, margins entire; base obtuse to subcordate, often oblique, apex acute. Petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long.
Inflorescences 2–5-flowered; peduncle to 10 mm long; rachis to 15 mm long; pedicels 5–10 mm long. Calyx 5–7 mm long; lobes 2–4 mm long. Corolla stellate, 20–40 mm diam., blue-purple.
Berry globular, to 16 mm diam., yellowish-green or pale green.
Flowering: chiefly late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: North from Peak Hill area; also in Qld.
Grows in woodland and forest, often with Acacia harpophylla, Casuarina cristata and Eucalyptus species.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Previously recorded as Solanum tetrathecum in N.S.W. S. tetrathecum is a closely related species but now considered to be endemic to Queensland.
Text by B. J. Conn; updated by P. Wilson 2008.
Taxon concept: Bean (2004).
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