Common name: Rock Nightshade
Solanum petrophilum F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Intricate, usually erect shrub to 0.5 m high, grey-green, occasionally rusty-green; densely stellate-hairy; prickles abundant on most parts.
Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 3–6 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, shallowly to deeply lobed; ± discolorous, both surfaces usually greyish green, tomentose, petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long.
Inflorescences 3–10-flowered; peduncle 5–10 mm long, sometimes to 30 mm; rachis to 50 mm long; pedicels 5–10 mm long. Calyx 8–10 mm long; lobes 6–7 mm long, with apices linear. Corolla shallowly campanulate-rotate, 25–30 mm diam., purple.
Berry 8–10 mm diam., yellow, drying pale brown.
Flowering: chiefly late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in arid areas in rocky habitats, north from Broken Hill and west from Mootwingee.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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