Common name: Silver-leaved Nightshade
Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to 1 m high, often suckering, stellate-tomentose; prickles usually on branches, less common elsewhere.
Leaves lanceolate to oblong, 2.5–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, lower leaves shallowly lobed to upper leaves entire; slightly discolorous, silvery-green or rarely rusty-green, stellate-tomentose; petiole 0.5–1 cm long.
Inflorescences 1–4-flowered; peduncle usually 5–10 mm long; rachis 20–30 mm long; pedicels c. 10 mm long, 20–30 mm long at fruiting. Calyx 9–10 mm long, enlarged in fruit; lobes 4–5 mm long. Corolla rotate-stellate, 20–30 mm diam., blue, rarely white, pink or deep purple.
Berry 8–14 mm diam., orange-brown.
Flowering: late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of cereal crops, north of Culcairn area. Native of N & S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
A declared noxious weed ifor the whole of N.S.W.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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