Solanum pseudocapsicum L.

Madeira Winter-cherry

Sp. Pl. 1: 184 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub to 2 m high, green, glabrous or sparsely pubescent on new growth; prickles absent. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 4–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate, base attenuate, margins slightly undulate, concolorous, if hairs present then forked; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long. Inflorescences simple or forked, 1-several-flowered; primary peduncle 0–1 cm long. Flowers on pedicels c. 10 mm long; calyx 4–5 mm long, lobes narrow-triangular, 2–3 mm long; corolla deeply stellate, 10–15 mm diam., white, lobes ovate; anthers 2–3 mm long. Berry globose, 10–15 mm diam., bright orange-red; seeds 3–4 mm long, yellowish. Flowers mostly spring–autumn.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to South America. Widespread weed of disturbed sites mainly in higher rainfall areas or lining creeks or gullies in drier districts.

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 pseudocapsicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Solanum pseudocapsicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory