Solanum triflorum (Wild Tomato) - photos and description

Solanum triflorum

Solanum triflorum
Looking straight down on plant

Solanum triflorum

Solanum triflorum

Solanum triflorum

Solanum triflorum

Solanum triflorum
Clump of several plants

Solanum triflorum

Solanum triflorum

General: Annual plant with a low, spreading growth habit. Long hairs on stems.

Flowers: Flowers are white, grow in pairs, are usually rotated downward, flower measured at 8 mm diameter and 5 mm long.

Fruit: Fruit is a smooth, green berry about 12 mm in diameter.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, ovate, deeply lobed, leaf highlighted in photo above was 4.5 cm long (including petiole), and 2 cm wide. Long hairs on nerves of leaf bottoms and leaves ciliate.

Height: Budd's Flora says the plant can grow into mats 60 cm diameter, we measured plants 25 cm wide, and 20 cm tall.

Habitat: Disturbed soil such as badger and gopher mounds.

Abundance: Fairly common, ranked as an S4 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 21st, bare soil beside badger holes, prairie about 400 km north west of our home in Regina, SK.