Line drawing by M. Szent Ivany, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4 (1981) 184, fig. 73.

Distribution map generated from Australia's Virtual Herbarium .


Solanum eremophilum F. Muell., Linnaea 25: 432 (1853)

T: Flinders Ranges, S.A., Oct. 1851, F. Mueller s.n.; lecto: MEL; iso: MEL; fide D.E. Symon, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 183 (1981).

S. adenophorum auct. non F.Muell.: Symon, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 181 (1981), p.p. (with respect to specimens from NSW and VIC); Conn, Fl. N.S.Wales 3: 363 (1992); Jeanes, Fl Vict. 4: 356 (1999).


A detailed description of this species can be found in the Bean interactive key to eastern Australian species of Solanum at

Distribution and ecology

An inadequately known species, recorded from scattered localities in S.A., N.S.W. and VIC.


The name has been frequently misapplied to other species and for some years NSW and Vic populations of S. eremophilum  were mistakenly referred to S. adenophorum .

Possibly a hybrid between S. petrophilum F. Muell. and S. esuriale Lindl. according to Symon (1977, 1981), but this suggestion is not supported by Bean (2002).

Reference: Bean, A.R. (2002). The identity of "Solanum adenophorum " in New South Wales and Victoria. ASBS Newsletter  111: 6; Symon, D.E. (1977). The rediscovery of Solanum eremophilum F.Muell. South Aust. Naturalist 51: 50-51; Symon, D.E. (1981). A revision of the genus Solanum in Australia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 4: 1-367.

S. eremophilum is considered by Bean (2004) to be a member of the S. hystrix group of subgen. Leptostemonum.


Selected specimens

S.A.: Napperby, D.E. Symon 10609 (AD (2 sheets), NSW).


Plant status, if any

S. eremophilum is listed on the Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria - 2005  as Poorly Known in Victoria.

Classified as a Rare species under South Australia's National Parks & Wildlife Act 1972 - see

From the web

Further information on this species in NSW can be seen on the PlantNET site and a fact sheet can be downloaded from the SA eFlora site.

At this time (March 2009) there is no information be found on the Solanaceae Source site but the link is made since it will be populated in the near future.

A photo by Colin Bower can be found on the FloraPhoto site.