Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kangaroo Apple

Kangaroo Apple is a shrub botanically called Solanum laciniatum and grows 1.8-3m high. It has tall and dark stems which are distinctive. It has an upright spreading habit. The leaves are long and dark green, with possibility of being deeply lobed or ovate.

The flowers are pale purple to deep violet and its fruit being orange-yellow berries that are poisonous. The berries, which look alike to tomatoes, can however be eaten when ripe but are bitter when raw.

It is a hardy plant tolerating majority of soils and conditions with the exception to salt spray. It is a fast grower that can be expected to live to five or six years at most.

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