Solanum vescum F.Muell.


Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 1: 69 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub to 2 m high, green, virtually glabrous except for minute simple and glandular hairs on young growth and flowers; prickles absent. Leaves lobed or entire, apex acute, base attenuate, concolorous, glabrous; lobed leaves broad-ovate, 10–50 cm long; lobes deep, mostly 5–10 cm long, 0.8–1.2 cm wide; petiole to 3 cm long; entire leaves linear-lanceolate, mostly 5–15 cm long, 0.5–1.3 cm wide; petiole short or absent, often decurrent as a narrow wing. Inflorescences simple or forked at base, many-flowered; primary peduncle 0–7 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 2–3 cm long, elongating to 3–5 cm in fruit; calyx 3–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 2–3 mm long; corolla more or less rotate, usually 35–40 mm diam., violet; anthers 3–4 mm long. Berry globose to ovoid, 20–25 mm diam., greenish; seeds 2–3 mm long, grey-brown; stone-cell granules 1–2(–3) mm long. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Scattered through eastern Victoria, mostly in coastal and near-coastal areas on dunes, stream banks and forest margins.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Solanum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Solanum vescum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum vescum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory