Common name: Large Kangaroo Apple
Solanum laciniatum Aiton APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 3 m high, branches often purplish; glabrous except for hairs on new growth; prickles absent.
Leaves lobed or margins entire, concolorous, glabrous; lobed leaves, broad-ovate, 9–38 cm long, deeply lobed with lobes 2–13 cm long, 0.3–2 cm wide, petiole 1–4 cm long; entire leaves lanceolate, 5–20 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, petiole 0.5–1 cm long.
Inflorescences ≤ 10-flowered; peduncle to 40 mm long; rachis 50–150 mm long, often forked; pedicels 15–30 mm long. Calyx 4–6 mm long; lobes 2–3 mm long, slightly enlarged in fruit. Corolla rotate, 30–50 mm diam., deep purple-blue.
Berry 15–20 mm diam., yellow to orange-yellow.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on stabilized sand dunes, creeks and road verges, Coraki area to Inverell.
NSW subdivisions: NC, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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