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Solanum opacum

Dark Nightshade

Sprawling annual herb with downy hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilySolanaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeprostrate-low x 1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesEgg-shaped to lance-shaped leaves 3-7 cm x 1-4 cm with tapering tip and base, margins shallowly lobed, on stalk to 4 cm long.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersAxillary clusters of 2-5 flat star-shaped flowers to 12 mm across, flower lobes oblong. Round green berry.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soil in wet tall open forest. Dappled shade. Limited distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden useQuick-growing annual for ferneries and moist gullies.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: 1 George Stolfo, Flora of Melbourne ©; 2 M. Moir, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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