Kangaroo Apple
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Kangaroo Apple
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Kangaroo Apple
Botanical name: Solanum laciniatum    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Solanum reclinatum

Kangaroo Apple is a large shrub 4 m high by 5 m wide. It produces two types of leaves: large lance-shaped or irregularly lobed juvenile leaves 30 cm long by 25 cm wide and smaller generally entire lance-shaped adult leaves 15 cm long by about 3-5 cm wide. Both types of leaf are a rich dark green on the upper surface, and a lighter green underneath, with prominent veins. They are carried on dark green fleshy stems, which age to black, then a rough light-brown. The 5-petalled flowers are 3-5 cm across, bluish-purple, with bright yellow anthers. The flowers appear spasmodically in spring and summer in clusters of 3-5 in the leaf axils. The egg-shaped berries, 2-3 cm long, are a bright orange-yellow with a warty appearance when ripe. Kangaroo Apple is native to Australia.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation in Himachal Pradesh.

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