Solanum cinereum R.Br.

Narrawa Burr

Prodr. 446 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Uncertain

Erect or spreading shrub to 1 m high, dark green, pubescent with stellate hairs, minute glandular hairs also present; prickles to 15 mm long, straight, abundant on most parts of plant. Leaves ovate-elliptic, mostly 6–10 cm long, 3–6 cm wide, deeply lobed, discolorous, upper surface sparsely pubescent, lower surface densely pubescent; lobes oblong to more or less triangular, margins undulate or further lobed; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long. Inflorescences simple, 3–7-flowered; peduncle usually 2–10 mm long. Upper flowers sometimes male; lower flowers bisexual, on pedicels 5–8 mm long; calyx 5–10 mm long, slightly accrescent in fruit, lobes usually linear, 3–5 mm long; corolla campanulate-rotate, 15–20 mm long, mauve-purple, lobes acute-tipped; anthers 3–4 mm long. Berry globose, 15–20 mm diam., dark brown; seeds 3–4 mm long, usually dark brown. Flowers mostly spring–autumn.

NIS, VRiv, *CVU. Also naturalised SA; native to Qld, NSW. An occasional weed in central Victoria.

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 cinereum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum cinereum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present uncertain
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present uncertain

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory