Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3836

Shrub; almost vinelike
Perennial

Non-native: West Indies, Central America

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
SC Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species List, 2003
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014

 

full sun shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed synsepalous calyx
5-parted rotate corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Green to Orange to Red
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales

PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Solanum tampicense   FAMILY Solanaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wetland Nightshade, Aquatic Soda Apple


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Alison Fox, University of Florida, Bugwood.org    bug_0002143

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Leaves to 10" long and 3" wide, wavy along margins, with prickles on veins, per www.invasive.org.

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Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research. Bugwood.org    bug_1392079

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A sprawling, semi-woody shrub tolerant of full sun and full shade, per www.invasive.org.

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Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1392080

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Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1392082

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Alison Fox, University of Florida, Bugwood.org    bug_2308004

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Small white flowers occur in clusters at the leaf axils, per www.invasive.org.

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Florida Division of Plant Industry Archive, Bugwood.org    bug_5294045

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The green stems are up to 15' (4.6m) long and prickly, per www.invasive.org.

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Florida Division of Plant Industry Archive, Bugwood.org    bug_5294046

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Fruits are small tomato-like berries that turn bright red when ripe, per www.invasive.org.

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Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org    bug_5376816

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