Friday, June 14, 2013
Botany picture #74: Solanum sturtianum
Solanum sturtianum (Solanaceae), Australian National Botanic Garden, 2013. The genus Solanum is best known for the potato and the deadly nightshade. Here in Australia, the fruits of several arid zone species are apparently edible and there are even a few fairly pretty species. Others are poisonous and terribly spiny - I once collected one of them on a field trip and it was a very unpleasant experience. The present species is a shrub without spines.