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Family: Solanaceae
Solanum simile

Citation: F. Muell, Trans. Phil. Soc. Vic. 1:18 (1854).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Kangaroo apple, oondooroo.

An erect soft-wooded shrub 0.5-1.5 rarely 2 m tall, lasting several years, not clonal in habit; glabrous except for minute hairs on the petal tip, unarmed, general aspect green; juvenile leaves with 2-4 shallow lobes towards the base, lobes bluntly triangular, apices rounded, sinuses rounded and shallow; mature leaves 4-8 x 1-2 cm, entire, (rarely with 1-4 small lobes towards the base), elliptic or lanceolate, apex rounded, acute or long acuminate, base almost equal.

Flowers: Sept.-April.

Fruit 1.5-2 cm long, globular, marbled-green, ripening green, sometimes tinged with purple, becoming slightly translucent, succulent and aromatic when ripe, readily shed without the pedicel; seeds 2-2.5 mm long, greyish or dark-brown, rugose-ruminate under a lens, stone cells 1-3 mm diam., rounded and often facetted but seeds not usually adherent.

image of FSA3_Solanum_sim.jpg Flowering and fruiting branch and a fruit.
Image source: fig. 579A in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 589.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NU, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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Biology: No text

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