Common name: Apple of Sodom
Solanum linnaeanum Hepper & P.Jaeger APNI*
Synonyms: Solanum hermannii APNI*
Solanum sodomeum - misappl. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1 m high, hairy with stellate and some simple glandular hairs; yellowish prickles scattered on most parts.
Leaves elliptic in outline, mostly 4–8 cm long, 3–6 cm wide, deeply lobed; ± concolorous, green, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface more densely hairy; petiole 1–2 cm long.
Inflorescences 3–6-flowered; peduncle absent or short; pedicels 10–15 mm long. Calyx 7–8 mm long; lobes 2–4 mm long. Corolla rotate-stellate to pentagonal, 15–20 mm diam., pale purple-blue.
Berry 20–30 mm diam., yellow, finally brown or black.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll communities usually on sandy soil, west to Deniliquin. Native of S Afr. & Medit. region.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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