Also known as Rock Nightshade or Prickly Nightshade, Solanum
petrophilum is a small shrub found growing in arid rocky areas
north from Broken Hill and west from Mootwingee, across South Australia,
Northern Territory and Western Australia.
It has grey-green leaves that are
show to deeply lobed. The soft stem covered with many long prickles, even the
leaves have prickles.
Usually found flowering in winter and spring, it has large deep-purple
flowers with conspicuous yellow anthers. The fruit is about 10-15 mm diameter,
yellow aging to brown in colour.
Special thanks to Tony Bean, Senior Botanist, Queensland Herbarium,
Brisbane (Solanum is one of his specialities) - Tony identified the following