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Unidentified at suppressed - 15 Sep 2020
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Solanum sp. 30 Mar 2022 PatrickCampbell
Unidentified 15 Sep 2020 SueMuffler

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Found at Haycock Point - native or garden escapee?

3 comments

   25 Sep 2020
Hi Sue, I can't say for sure if this is Kangaroo Apple, Solanum aviculare or Gunyang, S. vescum. The latter can become very common after fire and is seldom seen otherwise, while K. Apple pops up after any sort of disturbance including breaking of droughts. I know Haycock didn't get burnt, so that suggests it is K. Apple, but they are so similar I am not game to confirm it. Either way it is native.
SueMuffler wrote:
   26 Sep 2020
Thanks, Jackie.
After I took this photo, we drove out to Ben Boyd's Tower, which was totally burnt, and I was amazed to see plants that looked similar to this, but they had grown to well over a metre wide and high, covering all the burnt out ground around the Tower area.
   26 Sep 2020
Yep, those ones are Solanum vescum, and this is the second time they have done that, as the area around the tower got burnt in 2016 as well. If your thing at Haycock is S. aviculare it could well get to 2-3m high eventually, with a single main stem then branching about a metre above the ground, and they can live for maybe 5 years, unlike S. vescum which only last for around 2 years (and branches from ground level).

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  • 15 Sep 2020 11:19 AM Recorded on
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