Solanum chrysotrichum Schltdl.

Giant Devil’s Fig

Linnaea 19: 304 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect shrub to small tree to 7 m high, green, densely pubescent with rust-coloured stellate hairs; prickles 3–9 mm long, wide at base, slightly recurved, on stems and leaves. Leaves broadly ovate or elliptic, 17–30(–40) cm long, 12–20(–30) cm wide, deeply lobed, discolorous, often more densely pubescent below; lobes deltate, margins irregularly sinuate; petiole usually 3–7 cm long. Inflorescences branched, up to 50-flowered; peduncle 1–2 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 10–15 mm long; calyx 7–10 mm long, lobes deltate-lanceolate, 6–8 mm long; corolla stellate, 30–45 mm diam., white, lobes ovate-oblong; anthers 6–8 mm long. Berry globose, 10–15 mm diam., yellow or orange-yellow; seeds 2–2.5 mm long, light brown. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

*EGL, *GipP. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to tropical central America. Sparingly established south-east of Orbost at the old Corringle ‘night soil’ dump within dry sclerophyll forest.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-05-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-30
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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 chrysotrichum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum chrysotrichum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales