Solanum capsicoides, Fam. Solanaceae
Annual or short-lived perennial sub-shrub to 1m or more, sparsely hairy; stems and twigs armed with thin straight sharp spines up to 12mm long.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Usually alternate, simple, stalks 10-80mm long, blades broadly ovate, 30-210 x 25-180mm, margins deeply or shallowly lobed, hairy above; glabrous or sparsely hairy below. Stalks, midrib and lateral veins on both sides, armed with pale spines, 4-15mm long.
|Flower description:||Star-shaped, white with bright yellow stamens, 20-30mm in diameter; borne in axillary racemes or singly.|
|Fruit description:||Slightly depressed globular berry, 25-45mm in diameter, dryish rather than fleshy and bright orange to scarlet at maturity with numerous pale brown seeds, about 5mm in diameter; calyx and stems with spines.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested|
|Notes:||Spread by: probably animals and water. Invades/threats: creek banks, disturbed rainforest and rainforest margins, Melaleuca forests. Notes: probably introduced as an ornamental. Scattered occurrence within the region. Suspected of poisoning stock. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|