Solanum laxum

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Solanum laxum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. laxum
Binomial name
Solanum laxum
Spreng.[1]
Synonyms

Solanum jasminoides Paxton

Solanum laxum, commonly known as potato vine, potato climber or jasmine nightshade, is an evergreen vine in the family Solanaceae.[2] It is native to South America and commonly grown as an ornamental garden plant.[3]

The ovate or ovate-lanceolate leaves are 30 to 50 mm long and 15 to 25 mm wide. The white or pale blue flowers appear in groups of around 20 in branched inflorescences, produced in profusion in the spring but also sporadically at other times of the year. These are followed by dark blue or black berries that are around 8 mm in diameter.[3]

The species is naturalised in Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.[3]

A close-up of the flower.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Solanum laxum". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "PLANTS Profile for Solanum jasminoides (jasmine nightshade)". USDA Plants. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "Solanum laxum (prev. S. jasminoides)". eflorasa. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 5 January 2013.