Kangaroo Apple

Solanum laciniatum Aiton

The stems often purplish, glabrous except for minute glandular hairs on young growing tips and buds. The leaves commonly are shapped like a kangaroo paw although some leaves tend to be more lanceolate

Occasionally cultivated as a source of solasodine for cortisone and other steroid drugs

Ripe fruit are eaten by Aborigines in Tasmania and by Maori in New Zealand - Be aware that unripe fruit are poisonous

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What habitats does Solanum laciniatum live in?

Grows on stabilized sand dunes, creeks and road verges

What is the distribution of Solanum laciniatum?

Temperate regions of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and associated islands

How big does Solanum laciniatum grow?

Shrub to 3 m

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