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Family: Solanaceae
Solanum retroflexum

Citation: Dunal in A. DC., Prod. 13:50 (1852).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

A rounded spreading annual herb, distinct in habit from S. nigrum, general aspect bright-green, pubescent with short curved simple hairs; leaves ovate to ovate-lanceolate, with c. 6-9 well developed lobes, these more conspicuous during all stages of growth than those in S. nigrum, the leaf margin not usually as undulate as in S. nigrum, and leaves tapering to the upper part of the petiole.

Inflorescence a small umbel of 3-6 white flowers; peduncle c. 1 cm long; pedicels c. 5 mm long; calyx lobes distinct, c. 1 mm long; corolla c. I cm diam., stellate; filaments c. 0.5 mm long, slightly pubescent; anthers c. 1.5 mm 1ong~ oblong; ovary glabrous; style c. 2 mm long, pubescent below and projecting just beyond the anther tips.

Fruiting peduncle c. 2 cm long, standing out stiffly, not deflexed; fruiting pedicels curved, deflexed, c. 1 cm long; fruit globular, c. 7 mm diam., dull-black; seeds c. 2 mm long.

image of FSA3_Solanum_ret.jpg Flowering and fruiting branch and a fruit.
Image source: fig. 578C in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Symon (1981) J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4:50.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, YP.   Native to southern Africa, sparingly naturalised.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: not available.

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