Prodr. 446 (1810) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||introduced|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||uncertain|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|