Common name: A Kangaroo Apple
Solanum vescum F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading shrub to 2 m high, glabrous except hairs on new growth; prickles absent.
Leaves lobed or margins entire, concolorous, green, glabrous; lobed leaves broad-ovate in outline, lobes mostly 5–10 cm long, 0.8–1.2 cm wide, petiole to 3 cm long; entire leaves linear to lanceolate, 5–15 cm long, 0.5–1.3 cm wide, petiole short or absent, often decurrent.
Inflorescences many-flowered; peduncle 0–70 mm long; rachis 10–50 mm long; pedicels 20–30 mm long. Calyx 3–5 mm long; lobes 2–3 mm long. Corolla rotate-stellate, 35–40 mm diam., violet.
Berry 20–25 mm diam., greenish ivory; fruiting axis to 15 cm long with pedicels 25–50 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal and near-coastal areas, west to Moree-Narrabri district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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