Solanum esuriale Lindl.


in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Interior East. Australia 2: 43 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial clonal herb to 15–40 cm high, grey-green, rarely pale green, densely pubescent with stellate hairs; prickles usually absent, sometimes a few near base of plant to c. 3 mm long. Leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate, mostly 2–8 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base cuneate, margins entire or slightly undulate, concolorous, both surfaces densely pubescent; upper leaf surface stellate hairs with 6–12 lateral rays; petiole 0.5–1 cm long; lower leaves often larger, entire to shallowly lobed. Inflorescences simple, 2–6-flowered; peduncle 1–4 cm long. Flowers 5-merous, bisexual, on pedicels 10–15 mm long; calyx 4–6 mm long, accrescent in fruit, lobes linear to narrow-triangular, 2–3 mm long; corolla rotate-stellate, 15–25 mm diam., purple, lobes acute; anthers 4–5 mm long. Berry globose, ovoid or obovoid, 10–15 mm diam., acute, pale yellow to light yellowish-brown; seeds 2–3 mm long, pale yellowish-brown. Flowers mostly spring–autumn.

CVU, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Scattered across north and north-western Victoria, often in seasonally inundated clay or loam soils.

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, 2020-12-23
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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 esuriale in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum esuriale in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales