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Solanum semiarmatum F.Muell.
Family Solanaceae
Solanum semiarmatum F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Erect shrub to 2 m high, hairy with stellate and minute glandular hairs; prickles abundant on branches, petioles and lower peduncles.

Leaves variable; lower leaves ± pinnatisect, ovate in outline, 10–20 cm long, 6–15 cm wide, deeply lobed, petiole to 8 cm long; upper leaves, elliptic to lanceolate, mostly 6–9 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, margins entire to shallowly lobed, upper surface green and sparsely hairy, lower surface yellowish to grey-tomentose; petiole to 3 cm long.

Inflorescences 5–30-flowered; peduncle 15–60 mm long; rachis often branched, to 50 mm long; pedicels 3–10 mm long. Calyx 4–7 mm long; lobes 2–3 mm long. Corolla stellate, deeply incised, 10–20 mm diam., bluish purple.

Berry 8–12 mm diam., dark red to black.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Fruit
Photo J. Plaza

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Flowering: chiefly autumn–spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on rainforest margins, and creek banks; chiefly in coastal districts north from Clarence R., also north from Warialda area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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