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Solanum laciniatum - poroporo, bullibulli

Nightshade family: Solanaceae

Solanum laciniatum is a quick-growing shrub with green to dark purple stems and narrow, dark green fleshy leaves that are more deeply lobed than those of S. aviculare. Flowers have shorter and more frilly petal lobes indented at their tips which helps to distinguishing this species from S. aviculare.  All parts of the plant contain poisonous alkaloids especially the unripe fruit.
A fast growing plant found throughout the country in open exposed area.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 40-50 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, to deeply lobed

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 40-400 mm

Petals: 5, dark blue, purple

Leaf arrangement: alternate

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 4

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: sparse hairs

Fruit: fleshy