Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Solanum sporadotrichum F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1882), Notes on a new Solanum. Australasian Chemist and Druggist 5: 48 Type: "On Mount Dryander-Kilner and Fitzalan". Lectotype: "I propose MEL 12282 as lectotype." Symon, D.E. (1981), A revision of the genus Solanum in Australia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 4: 242-243.
Adult leaves alternate, simple. Stipules absent. Petioles 1-2.2 cm long. Leaf blade elliptical or ovate, 4.8-15 cm long, 2.6-8.2 cm wide, base obtuse or oblique, margin shallowly lobed throughout, lobes 3- on each side, obtuse, apex obtuse or acute. Petioles without prickles. Upper and lower leaf surface with or without prickles and an indumentum of stellate hairs distributed throughout, simple hairs absent, short gland tipped hairs absent. Lower leaf surface with a more dense indumentum of stellate hairs than the upper leaf surface.
Inflorescences supra-axillary and pseudo-racemose with 3-7 bisexual and some male flowers. Pedicels 5-10 mm long with or without prickles. Calyx tube 2-3 mm long, lobes 2.5-7.5 mm long, prickles absent. Calyx with moderate to dense stellate hairs, short gland tipped and simple hairs absent. Corolla purple, 7-12 mm long, shallowly lobed or deeply lobed, inner surface glabrous. Anthers 4.5-7.5 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Functional style 10-11.5 mm long, protruding between anthers, glabrous.
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This species is similar to Solanum furfuraceum but differs by the lobed or angled leaves, the sparse stellate indumentum on the upper leaf surface and the usually prickly adult leaves.