Solanum nobile A.R.Bean APNI*
Description: Erect shrub 1.5–4 m high, with densely stellate-tomentose branchlets; prickles sparse to dense on branches, often on leaves, calyx and pedicels.
Leaves ovate in outline, 7–14 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, deeply divided; lobes with acute apices; upper surface green, sparsely stellate-hairy, lower surface white to pale yellow, shortly and densely stellate-tomentose; petiole 1.3–3.5 cm long. Juvenile leaves 9–13 cm long, deeply lobed.
Inflorescences 4–9-flowered; pedicels 10–17 mm long. Calyx 8–14 mm long; lobes 4.5–10 mm long, often attenuate. Corolla rotate, 25–35 mm diam., purple.
Berry 18–24 mm diam., green to yellow-green; fruiting pedicels 16–20 mm long.
Flowering: September to October.
Distribution and occurrence: Bellingen Valley north to near Killarney (Qld).
Rainforest margins or tall eucalypt forest between 700 and 1050 m altitude.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: see Bean, Telopea 9: 645-646 (2001).
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