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Solanum ellipticum

purple flowers and spiny hairy leaves of solanum ellipticum prickly nightshade australian wildflowers growing in flinders ranges in outback south australia

Solanum ellipticum IMG 8732 - This plant is closely related to tomatoes, capsicums, and potatoes but produces no edible fruit, and although its flowers are attractive, its leaf stems, with their savage spines, are a less appealing part of this Australian native plant that is often referred to as 'Prickly Nightshade'. This plant was photographed in the Flinders Ranges in outback / northern South Australia.

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