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
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.
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.
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.