Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Not native to Florida
This native of South America is occasionally found on disturbed sites in Florida from Hillsborough and Polk Counties north. It has also been introduced in most of the coastal states from Texas to Massachusetts, plus Pennsylvania, Arizona, California and Oregon. Also found in Ontario.
Growing up to a meter (~3 ft.) in height, the entire plant is covered withflattened spines up to 15mm (3/5 in.) long. The leaves are ovate to lanceolate, up to 40cm (16 in.) long, 25 cm (6 in.) wide and deeply divided into 4-6 coarse lobes. The leaves are covered with stellate and glandular hairs on both side and have petioles 1-6cm (2/5 to 2-3/8 in.) long. Flowers are five parted, 3cm (1-3/16 in.) across and may be white, light blue or mauve. Each of the five hairy calyces are 5-6mm long. The yellow anthers are 8-10mm (3/10 to 2/5 in.) long, erect and converging. Mature fruit is a red, succulent, globular berry 12-20mm (1/2 to 4/5 in.) in diameter.
Other species of the Solanum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Solanum capsicoides - SODA APPLE
View Solanum viarum - TROPICAL SODA APPLE
View Solanum chenopodioides - BLACK NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum dulcamara - CLIMBING NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum bahamense - BAHAMA NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum americanum - AMERICAN BLACK NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum carolinense var. carolinense - CAROLINA HORSENETTLE
Date record last modified:
Mar 26, 2019