Solanum simile F.Muell.


Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 19 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to 2 m high, green, almost glabrous except for minute simple hairs on corolla apices; prickles absent. Leaves elliptic to lanceolate, mostly 3–8 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, apex acute, base attenuate, usually entire, concolorous, glabrous; petiole to 10 mm long; juvenile leaves often much larger and shallowly lobed towards base. Inflorescences simple or forked at base, to 12-flowered; primary peduncle 0–1 cm long. Flowers on pedicels to 2.5 cm long; calyx 3–5 mm long, lobes broad-triangular, 2–3 mm long; corolla rotate, usually 20–30 mm diam., violet, lobes notched; anthers 2–2.5 mm long. Berry globose, 10–15 mm diam., green to purplish; seeds 2–2.5 mm long, grey to dark brown; stone-cell granules 1–3 mm long. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Scattered widely across northern and western Victoria, often in mallee communities or disturbed sites.

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 simile in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum simile in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory