Solanum prinophyllum Dunal

Forest Nightshade

in DC., Prodr. 13: 296 (1852) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Sprawling short-lived perennial herb or subshrub to 50 cm high, dark green to purplish-green, sparsely pubescent with minute stellate hairs, young growth with minute glandular hairs; prickles to 10 mm long, straight, scattered to frequent on most parts of plant. Leaves elliptic to lanceolate-elliptic, mostly 5–8 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, deeply lobed, concolorous, both surfaces sparsely pubescent, lobes more or less triangular, margins toothed or further lobed; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long. Inflorescences simple, 1–6-flowered; peduncle 1–10 mm long. Flowers on pedicels 8–10 mm long, elongating in fruit; calyx 5–7 mm long, not greatly accrescent in fruit, lobes narrow-triangular, 1–4 mm long, veins prominent; corolla campanulate-stellate, 10–15 mm long, lilac-blue; anthers 2–2.5 mm long. Berry globose or obovoid, 15–20 mm diam., green or purple; seeds 2–3 mm long, white or yellowish. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, Strz. Also Qld, NSW. Widespread through moister forests of eastern Victoria, from near the coast to the ranges.

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

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South Australia
New South Wales