Solanum citrullifolium

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Watermelon nightshade
Solanum citrullifolium habit.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. citrullifolium
Binomial name
Solanum citrullifolium

Nycterium citrullifolium (A.Braun) Nieuwl.[1]

Closeup of flower

Solanum citrullifolium is a species of nightshade commonly known as the watermelon nightshade,[2] as its leaves somewhat resemble those of a watermelon plant (the melon-leaved nightshade is a different species, S. heterodoxum Dunal, whose leaves resemble those of a normal melon plant). It is a white-stemmed shrub with purple star-shaped flowers. It is native to the southern United States and it is grown in home gardens as an ornamental plant.


  1. ^ Solanaceae Source (2004)
  2. ^ "Solanum citrullifolium". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 


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