*Solanum linnaeanum

Family Solanaceae

Apple of Sodom

Hairy shrub to 1 m high with yellowish prickles scattered on most parts.

Flowers: Pale purple-blue at any time of the year.

Fruit: Yellow berry, 20 – 30 mm diameter.

Seed: Flattened seeds.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of South Africa and Mediterranean, reportedly naturalised near Sydney by 1804.
  • Weed of woodlands and grasslands.
  • Occasional minor weed at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Solanum linnaeanum plant

Solanum linnaeanum fruit