Apple of Sodom

Apple of Sodom.

Common name

Apple of Sodom

Scientific Name

Solanum linnaeanum

Type of plant

Uncategorised

About this weed

This Solanum is both a Declared Pest and a Pest Plant under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976 and has therefore documented control strategies in place. Land holders are obliged to control such plants. It has a stiff prickly form and grows to about two meters in height. The star shaped flowers are purple and the fruit is yellow.  The plant originated from South Africa.

Description

Apple of Sodam is a stiff, prickly shrub growing to about 2 m in height and width. It produces purple star-shaped flowers with yellow stamens in the middle. The berry is yellow when mature and poisonous to humans and stock.

Impact on Bushland

A Declared Plant and Pest Plant in West Australia.

Location

Usually found in areas closer to the coast rather than inland in the South-West Province. It is a weed of pastures & roadsides.

Priority for removal

High: may cause acute disruption of ecological processes, dominates and/or significantly alters vegetation structure, composition and function of ecosystems.

Management (hand)

Declared Pest and a Pest Plant under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976 and has therefore documented control strategies in place.

Management (herbicide)

Declared Pest and a Pest Plant under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976 and has therefore documented control strategies in place.

Flowering month/s

January, March, May, August, October

Flower colour/s

Blue, Purple

Information source

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/7020

Additional information

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/weeds/swanweeds/

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/pests-weeds-diseases/weeds/declared-plants

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/pests-weeds-diseases/weeds/pest-plants

Hussey, Keighery, Cousens, Dodd and Lloyd (1997) Western Weeds: A guide to the weeds of Western Australia.

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Urban Bushland Council WA Inc

2 Delhi Street West Perth WA 6005

PO Box 326 West Perth WA 6872

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