||Solanum ptycanthum Dun.
||Garden nightshade, deadly nightshade, and poison berry.
||Erect, branched plant with irregularly toothed leaves.
||Hypocotyls are hairy, green, but often maroon. Cotyledons
are ovate, smooth, green on upper surface and maroon on the lower surface.
|True Leaves and Stem
||Leaves are alternate, wavy, and triangular to oval in shape.
Margins are entire or irregularly toothed. Leaves are usually riddled with
holes from flea beetles feeding and have a purple tint to the underside
of the leaf. Stems and leaves are covered in soft short hairs.
|Flower and Fruit
|| Flowers consist of five fused petals arranged in a star
shaped umbrella. Clusters of 5-7 flowers that are white or purple-tinged/striped
are common. Fruits are small, glossy, black berries (10mm diameter). Approximately
50-100 seeds may be found in each berry.
||All vegetative parts of the plant are poisonous.