Solanum silvestre A.R.Bean

Telopea 9: 655 (2001) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Erect shrub to 2 m high, dark green, pubescent with stellate hairs; prickles absent or to c. 10 mm long, sparse on stems, occasional or rare elsewhere. Leaves lanceolate, mostly 8–12 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate to cordate, margins entire or sinuate, discolorous, upper surface sparsely pubescent, lower surface densely woolly-pubescent; petiole to 1 cm long; juvenile leaves often larger, entire to shallowly lobed. Inflorescences simple, to 10-flowered; peduncle to 1 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 5–10 mm long; calyx usually 5–7 mm long, lobes triangular, 2.5–5 mm long; corolla stellate to rotate, 25–40 mm diam., pale blue to purple, lobes broad, appearing emarginate; anthers 4.5–6 mm long. Berry globose, 15–20 mm diam., yellow, greenish or whitish; seeds 2.5–3.5 mm long, whitish. Flowers winter and spring.

EGL, EGU. Also NSW. In Victoria, known only from warm-temperate rainforest near Mt Drummer (east of Cann River), but not collected in recent years.

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 (as Solanum brownii Dunal).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-18
Hero image
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 silvestre in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum silvestre in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales