Solanum - Bush Tomato
The Solanum genus contain a variable
number of annual and perennial plants. Whilst most are poisonous, there
are a number of edible fruits, leaves, tubers, including the cultivated species
known as ‘bush tomato’ or ‘bush raisin’, which include Solanum esuriale,
S. centrale, S. ellipticum and
S. cleistogamum (although S. coactiliferum is only edible
after removal of the skin).
In Central Australia and the Northern Territory, the
genus Solanum that include the bush tomato are usually found as small
shrubs anywhere from 20 cm to about 1 metre in height. With a covering
of hairs, the star-shaped flowers are mostly in clusters, often purple,
with variation of lilac and pink, and have the yellow anthers projecting from
the centre of each flower.