Solanum linearifolium Geras. ex Symon

Mountain Kangaroo-apple

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 81 (1981) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect shrub or small tree to 4 m high, green, virtually glabrous to sparsely pubescent with simple and glandular hairs; prickles absent. Leaves lobed or entire, apex acute, base attenuate, concolorous, glabrous; lobed leaves broad-elliptic to ovate, 15–40 cm long; lobes deep, 2–12 cm long, 0.5–1 cm wide; petiole to 1.5 cm long; entire leaves linear to narrow-elliptic, mostly 5–10 cm long, 0.5–1 cm wide; petiole 0.5–1 cm long, decurrent as a raised line. Inflorescences simple or forked at base, to 10-flowered; primary peduncle 0–8 mm long. Flowers on pedicels 2–3(–4) cm long; calyx 3–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2 mm long; corolla more or less rotate to pentagonal, 25–45 mm diam., purple-violet; anthers c. 3 mm long. Berry globose to ovoid, 15–20 mm diam., yellow with purple markings; seeds 2–2.5 mm long, yellowish to light grey; stone-cell granules 2–4 mm long. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtR, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. In Victoria, apparently restricted to montane forests in the east (between Omeo and Mt Tingaringy), often appearing following disturbance or bushfire.

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 linearifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum linearifolium 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
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory