Solanum coactiliferum is a species common
in central Australia. S. coactiliferum has a consistently 4-lobed
corolla, slender leaves and a somewhat oblate fruit.
The common name is the
Western Nightshade and like most in the genus Solanum, have purple
coloured flowers. The leaves are grey to silvery, narrow-oblong and slightly
recurved. The stem usually has prickles.
Whilst the seeds of Solanum coactiliferum
has some natural toxins, the fruit is said to be roasted by the Aborigines
The Solanum coactiliferum is not to be confused
with S. sturtianum that has a 5-lobed corolla, leaves that are broader
and more silvery, and a globular black fruit with brittle epicarp.
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.