Solanum laxum Spreng.

Jasmine Nightshade

Syst. Veg. 1: 682 (1824) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial climber, green, glabrous except for simple hairs in leaf-axils and on larger leaf veins; prickles absent. Leaves ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 3–5 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, concolorous, apex acute or acuminate, base cuneate to truncate, margins more or less entire; petiole 1–2 cm long, often twining, sometimes with 2 small leaflets in axil; juvenile leaves larger and deeply lobed. Inflorescences branched, c. 20-flowered; primary peduncle to 3.5 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 10–15 mm long; calyx 2–3 mm long, lobes acuminate, 1–1.5 mm long; corolla rotate, c. 20 mm diam., white or pale blue; anthers 2–4 mm long. Berry globose to ovoid, 7–9 mm diam., dark blue to black; seeds 2–3 mm long, grey with a pale margin. Flowers mainly summer and autumn.

*GipP, *HSF. Also naturalised NSW. Native to South America. Widely cultivated in gardens as a climber on fences, trellises etc. Currently known in Victoria from a sites along the Thompson River near Sale and the Yarra River in the suburbs of Bulleen and Templestowe, where apparently naturalised and spreading in bushland.

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 jasminoides Paxton).
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 laxum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum laxum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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South Australia
New South Wales