Common name: Climbing Nightshade
Solanum seaforthianum Andrews APNI*
Description: Sprawling perennial shrub or climber; mostly glabrous, glandular hairs on peduncles and pedicels; prickles absent.
Leaves mostly pinnatisect, ovate in outline, 4–10 cm long, 3–6 cm wide, deeply lobed; ± concolorous, both surfaces green and glabrous except for hairs on margins and veins on lower surface; petiole 2–4 cm long.
Inflorescences 10–50-flowered; peduncle 10–60 mm long; rachis to 100 mm long; pedicels 10–15 mm long. Calyx 1.5–2.5 mm long; lobes c. 1 mm long. Corolla deeply incised, 20–30 mm diam., mauve-blue.
Berry 8–12 mm diam., bright red.
Flowering: chiefly spring and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated as an ornamental twiner, naturalized in moister sites; chiefly north from Wingham, also recorded for Sydney. Native of W Indies.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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