Solanum curvicuspe Domin, Repert. Spec.Nov. Regni Veg. 12: 131(1913).
S. curvicuspe f. curvispina Domin, Repert.Spec.Nov.Regni Veg. 12: 131(1913). Type: NSW,
S. brownii auct. non Dunal: Symon, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 249 (1981) p.p.
A detailed description of S. curvicuspe can be found in the Bean interactive key site at http://delta-intkey.com/solanum/www/curvicus.htm
Distribution and ecology
Occurs in the ranges of the north coast of
Found in wetter areas in disturbed sites in notophyll rainforest or eucalyptus forest with rainforest understory. Flowers Aug-Oct; fruiting Nov-Jan.
S. curvicuspe is close to the more northerly occurring S. limitare.
The latter has the style with stellate hairs rather than stipitate glandular hairs, the stellate hairs of the upper leaf surface are larger than those of S. curvicuspe and the two species occur in different habitats with different habits - S. curvicuspe is a tall shrub (to 3 m) found in rainforest and S. limitare a subshrub (to 80 cm) in Eucalyptus forest.
Considered by Bean (2004) to be a member of the S. macoorai group of subgen. Leptostemonum.
A group at the RBG Sydney is investigating the horticultural potential of the S. brownii group, including S. curvicuspe, along with their genetic relationships. A report on their findings can be seen in Marchant et al. (2008), but this species is considered to have horticultural potential. There are images of the flowers and leaves of S. curvicuspe within the report and a white flowering form is shown.
Reference: Marchant, A. Perkins, P. Orel, G & Towler, G. (2008). Exploring the horticultural potential of native Australian flowering shrubs in the Solanum brownii group. Final report to the Australian Flora Foundation.
NSW: Doyles River State Forest, 30 miles NW of Taree, E.F.Constable 6323 (AD, NSW 100778); off Doyles River road, c. 48 miles W of Wauchope, N.C.Ford s.n. (AD, NSW59749).
From the web
A scanned herbarium sheet of S. curvicuspe can be seen on the PlantNet site.
Images of the flowers and leaves of S. curvicuspe can be seen in the Marchant et al. (2008) report: Marchant, A. Perkins, P. Orel, G & Towler, G. (2008). Exploring the horticultural potential of native Australian flowering shrubs in the Solanum brownii group. Final report to the Australian Flora Foundation.