Solanum chenopodioides Lam.

Whitetip Nightshade

Tabl. Encycl. 2: 18 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Sprawling perennial herb to 1 m high, green or grey-green, pubescent with simple hairs; prickles absent. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, usually 2–7 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate, base truncate to attenuate, margins entire or shallowly lobed, discolorous, upper surface sparsely pubescent, lower surface more densely pubescent; petiole to 5 cm long. Inflorescences simple, 5–10-flowered; peduncle 1–2 cm long, elongating and deflexed from base in fruit. Flowers on pedicels 5–8 mm long; calyx 1–3.5 mm long, lobes lanceolate to narrow-triangular, 0.5–1.5 mm long, accrescent; corolla deeply stellate, 12–20 mm diam., white, lobes more or less oblong; anthers 2.5–3.5 mm long. Berry globose, 5–9 mm diam., blackish; seeds 1–1.8 mm long, brownish-yellow. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

*EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised NT, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Native to South America. Found in a few scattered Victorian localities, mainly in disturbed sites in more mesic areas (e.g. river banks, winter-wet ditches).

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 chenopodioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum chenopodioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory