Native of mainland Australia.
Family: Solanaceae (Potato family).
Occurrence: A plants of northern Victoria, often on seasonally inundated areas.
Silver-leaf Nightshade (*Solanum elaeagnifolium) is also found in northern Victoria. Differences beween the two are
|Size||An erect shrublet to 60 cm or more.||Usually sprawling and less than 15 cm tall.|
|Spines||Stem prickly at base; regrowth usually very prickly.||Usually without prickles. Sometimes a few at the base.|
|Leaves||Silver-green with wavy edge. Often prickly on the underside.||Grey green.|
|Fruit||A round berry. Ripe fruit is a dull orange.||A round or conical berry with a nipple. Ripe fruit is a dull yellow.|
Silver-leaf Nightshade is a declared noxious weed in Victoria. Quena is an aboriginal food plant. There are several other native solanums that grow in inland Australia.