Solanum triflorum Nutt.
cut-leaved nightshade (cutleaf nightshade)
Solanaceae (Potato family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #30160)


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Distribution of Solanum triflorum
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Solanum species are distinctive plants in the Potato or Tomato Family, with 'tomato' type flowers that have typical recurved petals and bright yellow stamens, and alternate leaves.

Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems branched from the base, decumbent below, short-hairy to nearly smooth, 10-60 cm long.
Basal leaves spoon-shaped, lobed, short-hairy, 2-5 cm long; stem leaves oblong to egg-shaped, deeply lobed, short-stalked, short-hairy, 2-5 cm long, 1-3 cm wide.
Inflorescence of axillary, few-flowered clusters, the flowers on drooping stalks; corolla white, tubular, 5-9 mm wide when expanded, lobed, the lobes spreading to bent back, calyces becoming larger with age, lobed, the lobes unequal and up to 6 mm long at maturity.
Berries, globe-shaped, greenish, 9-14 mm wide; seeds 2.5-3 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry waste places, roadsides and fields in the lowland and steppe zones; infrequent in S BC; introduced from S America.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia