Solanum sisymbriifolium Lam.

Viscid Nightshade

Tabl. Encycl. 2: 25 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb to 1.5 m high, green, with glandular and stellate hairs; prickles to 15 mm long, abundant on most parts of plant. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, sometimes pinnate, 5–14 cm long, 4–10 cm wide, margins lobed, concolorous, densely pubescent; petiole 1.5–4 cm long. Inflorescence simple, up to 12-flowered; peduncle to 45 mm long. Flowers on pedicels 10–15 mm long; calyx 6–12 mm long, lobes lanceolate, 4–7 mm long, accrescent; corolla stellate, 35–50 mm diam., white or pale blue, lobes ovate; anthers 8–10 mm long. Berry globose, 15–20 mm diam., bright red; seeds c. 2.5 mm long, pale buff. Recorded flowering and fruiting in Victoria in May.

*VVP. Also naturalised WA, Qld, NSW. Widely cultivated as an ornamental. Sparingly established in a paddock near Mortlake and all sprayed.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-05-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-18
Distribution map
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 sisymbriifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum sisymbriifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory