Solanum silvestre A.R.Bean, Telopea 9: 655 (2001).
S. brownii auct. non Dunal; Symon, J.
A detailed description of this species by Bean can be found at http://delta-intkey.com/solanum/www/silvestr.htm
Distribution and ecology
Known only from the area between Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW and Mt Drummer in NE Vic.
Specimens were previously allocated to S. brownii (Symon 1981, Purdie et al. 1982) but following revision of this complex by Bean, the most southerly specimens were assigned to this species, S. silvestre. It differs from S. brownii by
- broader leaves (juvenile 4.5-9 cm wide, adult 2-3.6 cm wide) in S. silvestre, these to 3 cm wide (juvenile), to 3 cm wide (adult) in S. brownii
- shorter (7-12 mm long) pedicels in S. silvestre at anthesis, compared with 13-18 mm long for S. brownii
- fruits 13-17 mm diameter in S. silvestre, 18-29 mm diameter in S. brownii
The two species do not overlap in distribution, with S. silvestre occurring further south than S. brownii.
The most closely distributed species to S. silvestre of the S. brownii complex would be S. celatum which occurs in the
Plant status, if any
S. silvestre is listed on the Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria - 2005 as Endangered in Victoria.
From the web
Further information on this species in NSW can be seen on the PlantNET site.
An image identified as this species can be seen at www.thebegavalley.org.au/uploads/tx_steverplantgallery/Solanum_silvestre_03.jpg
Information and links for this species are presently lacking on the Solanaceae Source site.