Common name: Narrawa Burr
Solanum cinereum R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Solanum sp. aff. cinereum sensu Williams et al. (1984) APNI*
Description: Erect or bushy shrub to 1 m high, densely hairy with stellate hairs; prickles usually abundant on most parts.
Leaves ovate to elliptic in outline, mostly 5.3–12.4 cm long, 3.5–6 cm wide, deeply lobed; discolorous, upper surface green and sparsely hairy, lower surface white to pale yellow and densely hairy; petiole [5–15 cm long cf 1–3.3!!!].
Inflorescences 3–7-flowered, [upper flowers sometimes male; peduncle mostly 2–10 mm long; rachis to 60 mm long;] pedicels 7–16 mm long at anthesis. [Calyx 5–10 mm long; lobes usually 2.5–4 mm long.] Corolla campanulate-rotate, 20–30 mm diam., mauve-purple.
Berry globular,15–24 mm diam., pale green to greenish-white; fruiting pedicels 15–27 mm long.
Flowering: All year round but less commonly in Winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Mostly confined to NSW where it is widespread, especially on the Slopes. Also naturalised in Victoria and South Australia.
Grows on hills and slopes in eucalypt woodland; commonly found after fire or disturbance.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
It is possible that taller plants (usually 2–3 m high) associated with rainforest north of the Hastings R. are a distinct species. [S. species aff. cinereum in Williams et al (1984)
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: A.R. Bean (2001)
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