Line drawing by M. Szent Ivany, J. Adelaide Bot. Gards 4 (1981) 195, fig. 79.

Distribution map generated from Australia's Virtual Herbarium.


Solanum horridum Dunal ex Poiret, Encycl. Suppl. 3: 763 (1814) 

T: West coast of New Holland, probably collected by A. Riedlé; lecto: P; iso: P; fide D.E. Symon, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 195 (1981). 

S. horridum var. repandifolium Dunal, in DC., Prodr. 13(1): 297 (1852). T: New Holland, Baudin; iso: BM; photo AD. Image of herbarium specimen in BM on Solanaceae Source site.


Sprawling, probably short-lived shrub to 1 m across, pale green or yellow-green, densely pubescent with stellate hairs; prickles to 10 mm long, abundant on stems, petioles and inflorescence, sparse or absent elsewhere.  

Leaves ovate to ovate-lanceolate; lamina 3–8 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, sometimes larger, slightly discolorous, entire to undulate, occasionally shallowly lobed; petiole 1–4 cm long.  

Inflorescence short, 1–3–flowered; peduncle absent or to 10 mm long; pedicels 5–10 mm long. Calyx 10–12 mm long; lobes linear, 4–7 mm long. Corolla rotate, 15–20 mm diam., purple. Anthers 3 mm long.  

Berry globular to depressed globular, 15–20 mm diam., dull yellow-green, drying brown. Seeds 2–2.5 mm long, dark grey-brown. n=12.

Distribution and ecology

Apparently restricted to Hamersley Range in W.A., occurring on low stony ridges and hills in Triodia and Acacia communities.


Considered by Bean (2004) to be a member of the S. ellipticum group of subgen. Leptostemonum.

Selected specimens

W.A.: SE of Tambrey Stn, D.E. Symon 5400 (CANB, PERTH).


From the web

Further information can be found on the FloraBase site.

Limited information and links for this species can be found on the Solanaceae Source site.