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Wild Tomato

Solanum orbiculatum

Wild Tomato
Solanum orbiculatum
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Wild Tomato Solanum orbiculatum
Wild Tomato, also known as Round-leaved Solanum (Solanum orbiculatum) is a soft small shrub that grows to about 40 cm high. It has yellow-green rounded leaves, that are often a rusty colour when young. The fruit are round, globular in appearance and approximately 1 cm in diameter, marbled green and turning ivory-cream, then brown why dry. Mainly fruiting in the early summer. This fruit is bitter.

There are two recognised subspecies, one with smaller leaves found growing on coastal dunes and sand plains in the west and south. The other subspecies found growing on rocky sites in central ranges in the NT and WA have larger leaves.
CAUTION
There are many Solanum species that resemble plants that have edible fruit. Extreme care, and only with the guidance of an expert, should you attempt to eat any of the fruit, as some closely related species produce fruit that are toxic.

Wild Tomato - Solanum orbiculatum subsp. orbiculatum

Source: see notes at the foot of the page.

Language Common name Where Found
English Round-leaf Nightshade, Wild Tomato, Round-leaved Solanum Occurs naturally in Spinifex sandplains, sandhills and dunes of Central Australia, also in the rocky sites of the ranges in crossing the NT border into Western Australia, also in parts of South Australia.
Anangu Tjantu (P), Itunypa
Pitjantjatjara Tjantu
Warlpiri Parntakura
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. orbiculatum
Subspecies: S. orbiculatum

Wild Tomato (Solanum orbiculatum) Images

Wild Tomato - Solanum orbiculatum subsp. orbiculatum
Wild Tomato - Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory

Wild Tomato - Solanum orbiculatum subsp. orbiculatum
Wild Tomato - Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory

Wild Tomato - Solanum orbiculatum subsp. orbiculatum
Wild Tomato - Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory

Wild Tomato - Solanum orbiculatum subsp. orbiculatum
Wild Tomato - Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory

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Wild Tomato - Other links

Bushfires and Bushtucker Aboriginal Plant Use in Central Australia Author: Peter Latz
Wikipedia Solanum
Wildflowers and Plants of Inland Australia Author: Anne Urban
 
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