Solanum aculeastrum Dunal
var. aculeastrum

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Solanum aculeastrum var. aculeastrum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ewanrigg

Solanum aculeastrum var. aculeastrum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ewanrigg

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Synonyms:
Common names: Goat bitter-apple (English) Poison apple (English)
Frequency:
Status: Probably native.
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Branchlets densely covered in woolly hairs and armed with sharp, curved thorns. Leaves alternate, broadly elliptic, shallowly to deeply lobed, leathery, shiny green above, whitish velvety below, often with strong spines along the midrib and petiole. Flowers in axillary clusters, 2-3 cm wide, white to pale mauve with distinct yellow stamens and long, strap-like corolla lobes. Fruit fleshy, almost spherical, up to 5 cm in diameter, green to yellow when ripe, drying brownish to black. The fruits are highly toxic but are used in traditional medicine.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aculeastrum: somewhat prickly
Habitat:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mainly Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272. As Solanum aculeastrum

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 107 - 109.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 74. As Solanum aculeastrum (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 88. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: Solanum aculeastrum var. aculeastrum
Flora of Zambia: Solanum aculeastrum var. aculeastrum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Solanum aculeastrum var. aculeastrum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Solanum aculeastrum
African Plant Database: Solanum aculeastrum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Solanum aculeastrum
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Solanum aculeastrum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Solanum aculeastrum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Solanum aculeastrum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Solanum aculeastrum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Solanum aculeastrum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Solanum aculeastrum
Ispot Southern Africa: Solanum aculeastrum
JSTOR Plant Science: Solanum aculeastrum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Solanum aculeastrum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Solanum aculeastrum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Solanum aculeastrum
Tropicos: Solanum aculeastrum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Solanum aculeastrum var. aculeastrum.
http://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150570, retrieved 16 December 2017

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