Solanum eremophilum F.Muell.

Linnaea 25: 432 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Uncertain

Perennial herb with annual branches to 40 cm high, green, pubescent with simple, glandular and stellate hairs; prickles mostly 1–7 mm long, on stems, petioles, leaves, peduncles and calyces. Leaves ovate, mostly 3–6 cm long, 3–4 cm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base cuneate to cordate, margins shallowly lobed with lobes undulate or further lobed, concolorous, both surfaces tomentose with stellate and glandular hairs; petiole 2–6 cm long. Inflorescences simple, 2–6-flowered; peduncle c. 1 cm long. Flowers on pedicels c. 20 mm long; calyx 7–8 mm long, lobes lanceolate, 5–6 mm long; corolla stellate, shallowly incised, 20–40 mm diam., purple, lobes broad, rounded; anthers 4–5 mm long. Berry globose, 10–13 mm diam., whitish or yellowish; seeds 2.5–3 mm long, grey-yellow. Flowers late spring–autumn.

Also SA, NSW. In Victoria, known only from a few collections in the Charlton area where possibly introduced with stock or fodder from northern states.

Regarded as a probable Solanum petrophilum x S. esuirale hybrid by Symon (1981), but this view is refuted by Bean (2002).

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 (as Solanum adenophorum F.Muell.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-14

Bean, A.R. (2002). The identity of ''Solanum adenophorum'' in New South Wales and Victoria, Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 111: 6.

Symon, D.E. (1981). A revision of the genus Solanum in Australia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens , Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 4: 1-367.

Hero image
Distribution map
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 eremophilum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum eremophilum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina extinct uncertain
Goldfields extinct uncertain

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales