Devil’s fig, thornapple
Solanum torvum, Fam. Solanaceae
Spreading or scrambling shrub, 2-3m high, armed with scattered broad-based slightly hooked thorns, 3-8mm long; new growth with fawn star hairs.
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|
Simple, alternate or paired, broad-elliptic to ovate, 55-220 x 45-180mm, margins with 2-4 triangular lobes on each side; dark green and rough textured above, paler beneath with thickly felted star hairs; scattered thorns on both surfaces.
|Flower description:||White star-shaped with central cone of yellow stamens, 20-25mm diameter; borne on many-flowered axillary racemes or sprays.|
|Fruit description:||Globular, fleshy berries, 12-17mm in diameter, dull yellow or brownish when ripe with many egg-shaped cream or brown seeds about 2mm long. Calyx without prickles.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: birds eat fruit, spreading seed. Invades/threats: rainforests, coastal communities, creek banks and disturbed areas, gardens. Notes: widespread throughout the region. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|