Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 92: 27 (1986) APNI
Sprawling annual herb to 50 cm high, pale to dark green, pubescent with glandular hairs; prickles absent. Leaves ovate, mostly 4–6 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate, base truncate to cuneate, margins entire or shallowly lobed, slightly discolorous, both surfaces sparsely pubescent to glabrescent; petiole 0.5–2 cm long. Inflorescences simple, 2–8(–10)-flowered; peduncle c. 1 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 4–10 mm long; calyx 1.5–2.5 mm long, accrescent in fruit, lobes broad-triangular, 1–2 mm long; corolla stellate, 12–14 mm diam., white, lobes ovate to oblong; anthers 1.5–2 mm long. Berry broad-ovoid, 6–9 mm diam., green to purplish-green; seeds 1.8–2 mm long, light brown; stone-cell granules 0.4–0.8 mm diam. Flowers mostly summer.
*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP. Als naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to South America. An occasional weed of cultivated areas.
The type variety has fewer-flowered inflorescences, larger fruiting calyces and slightly larger berries with smaller stone-cells. It has a restricted distribution in South America and is not known to have become naturalized outside its natural range.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||introduced|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|