GEOGRAPHE COMMUNITY LANDCARE NURSERY

0429 644 885

366 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
[2 km south of the Busselton Bypass]

Busselton, Western Australia


2001- 2014
Volunteering for Biodiversity

O
VER 200 local species

for landcare and gardens

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SPECIES

Photos and information about the species we grow,
and perhaps about a few we might like to grow in the future

FAMILY

SOLANACEAE

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Scientific name

Solanum symonii

Common name



16th July 2007


Solanum symonii
Kangaroo Apple
Quindalup
Photos: Richard Clark





A FloraBase page on the family Solanaceae.
Solanaceae in the Wikipedia.

A FloraBase page on the genus Solanum.
Solanum in the Wikipedia.

Horticultural note:
Similar species are called Kangaroo Apple - S.aviculare and S.laciniatum.
Solanum symonii is not prized bush food - the fruit has dangerous amounts of alkaloids, and is not particularly pleasant even if the fruit is ripe. Tim Low reports that some Solanum spp including S.aviculare and laciniatum are farmed for contraceptive pills in Hungary and other countries.
Several established human foods come from the Solanaceae family or the Solanum genus - potato, tomato, Cape gooseberry, chili, capsicum, aubergine or eggplant, tomatillo - whilst Australia boasts a desert raisin/bush tomato, S.centrale.

References:
FloraBase

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