Shrub, 1-4 m high. Fl. purple-blue, Jan to Feb.
Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Lesueur Sandplain, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions: WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Bayswater, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Esperance, Irwin, Jerramungup, Manjimup, Plantagenet.
General Biology. Growth form. Shrub. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Birds, mammals. Time to first flowering. Resprouts. Toxicity. Unripe fruit is toxic. Vegetative regeneration strategy. Resprouts, produces root suckers. Seedbank persistence. Soil, short, 1.5 years. Fire response. Regenerates well from seed after fire.
Notes. Seed has high germination rates. Is an opportunistic plant that regenerates well after fire or soil disturbance.
Additional information. Origin. South-eastern Australia, New Zealand. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Also cultivated for medicinal use. Similar exotic species. Solanum aviculare.
Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull small plants. Inject 50% glyphosate in summer-autumn. Alternatively, basal bark with 250 ml Access® in 15 L of diesel to base 50 cm of trunk. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.
Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.
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