Black Nightshade Solanum ptycanthum





Solanum ptychanthumeastern black nightshade or West Indian nightshade, is an annual or occasionally perennial plant in the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family. It is typically 15–60 cm tall and many branched.
The leaves of Eastern black nightshade are triangular to elliptic. The stems are circular, and sometimes slightly hairy. The flowers are small, white, and star-shaped. They are located in small umbels of 5-7. The flowers ripen into glossy, black berries, each 10 mm in diameter and containing between 50 and 100 seeds. The ripened fruits have been shown to be not poisonous in low to moderate amounts,[1] however the foliage and unriped berries are toxic.[2] The berries are eaten and dispersed by birds.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. ptychanthum
Binomial name
Solanum ptychanthum
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all Photos by Christopher Stokes / © Christopher Stokes 2012
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