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Solanum nodiflorum - small-flowered nightshade

Nightshade family: Solanaceae

Solanum nodiflorum is a many-branched herbaceous, perennial shrub with thin bright green leaves. The small white flowers are in distinctive umbrella-shaped arrays (umbels) and have persistent sepals that turn downward at their tips below the fruit.
Found throughout the country in open exposed areas.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 1 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 5-9 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, lanceolate to ovate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 40-100 mm long

Petals: 5, dark blue, purple

Leaf arrangement: alternate

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth, toothed or lobed; hairs

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: sparse hairs

Fruit: fleshy