Common name: Mountain Kangaroo Apple
Solanum linearifolium Geras. ex Symon APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 4 m high, sparsely hairy; prickles absent.
Leaves lobed or margins entire, ± concolorous, green and sparsely hairy; lobed leaves broad-elliptic, 15–40 cm long, deeply lobed with lobes 2–12 cm long, 0.5–1 cm wide, petiole to 1.5 cm long; entire leaves narrow-elliptic to linear, mostly 5–10 cm long, 0.5–1 cm wide, petiole short, decurrent.
Inflorescences ≤ 10-flowered; peduncle absent or to 8 mm long; rachis to 100 mm long, occasionally forked at base; pedicels 20–40 mm long. Calyx 3–5 mm long; lobes 1–2 mm long. Corolla ± rotate to pentagonal, 25–45 mm diam., purple-violet.
Berry 15–20 mm diam., ochre-yellow and reddish purple at apex.
Flowering: chiefly spring–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed or open areas of coastal ranges and tablelands, south from Mt Kaputar N.P. and Coffs Harbour.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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