Solanum intonsum A.R.Bean
Bean, A.R. (2004) Austrobaileya 6: 763. Type: Queensland, Smiths Track Barron Gorge National Park, 6 May 2000, A.R. Bean 16542; Holo: BRI; Iso: MEL, NSW.
Tomato Bush; Wild Tomato; Nightshade
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall. Stems often armed with short spines.
Leaf blades mostly about 5-13 x 1.5-4.5 cm, stellate hairs present on both the upper and lower surfaces but denser on the lower surface. Petioles about 1-4 cm long, densely clothed in stellate hairs and likewise the twigs.
Cotyledons +/- lanceolate, about 13-18 x 4-5 mm. First pair of leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, margins smooth. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade deeply lobed (7-9 lobes) with the divisions almost extending to the midrib. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Crushed leaves emit a fetid odour. Leaves sparsely clothed in very small hairs on the upper surface but the lower surface densely clothed in stellate, pale hairs. Spines usually present on the stem, petiole and midrib on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Seed germination time 30 days.