Line drawing by M. Szent Ivany, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4 (1981) 250, fig. 110, as S. brownii .

Distribution map generated from Australia's Virtual Herbarium.


Solanum silvestre A.R.Bean, Telopea 9: 655 (2001).

T: NSW,South Coast; Box Cutting Rd, Bodalla SF, S of Bodalla, 25 Dec 2000, A.R.Bean 17196; holo: BRI; iso: CANB, K, MEL, NSW, NY.

S. brownii auct. non Dunal; Symon, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 249 (1981), p.p., as to Vic collections and NSW South Coast specimens.


A detailed description of this species by Bean can be found at

Distribution and ecology

Known only from the area between Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW and Mt Drummer in NE Vic.


Part of the S. brownii complex of the S. macoorai group of subgen. Leptostemonum (Bean 2004).

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

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 theWollongong to Nowra area. It differs from S. silvestre by its densely stellate hairy upper leaf surface (sparse in S. silvestre) and by its longer (15-20 mm) pedicels, these 7-12 mm long in S. silvestre.

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

Information and links for this species are presently lacking on the Solanaceae Source site.