Common name: Forest Nightshade
Solanum prinophyllum Dunal APNI*
Synonyms: Solanum armatum R.Br. APNI*
Description: Sprawling, annual or short-lived perennial herb to 0.5 m high, often purplish green; sparsely stellate-hairy and with minute glandular hairs also present on young growth; prickles frequent on most parts, except few on peduncles and pedicels.
Leaves elliptic to ± ovate in outline, 5–8 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, deeply lobed, margins of lobes toothed or lobed; concolorous, both surfaces dark green and sparsely stellate-hairy, wrinkled; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long.
Inflorescences 1–6-flowered; peduncle 1–10 mm long; pedicels usually 8–10 mm long. Calyx 5–7 mm long; lobes 1–4 mm long. Corolla campanulate, 10–15 mm diam., lilac-blue.
Berry 15–20 mm diam., green or purple; pedicel 10–20 mm long.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and on margins, and in disturbed rainforest; coast and adjacent ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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