Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Solanum mauritianum Scop.
bugweed, earleaf nightshade, wild tobacco tree, woolly nightshade, bug berry, bugtree, tobacco bush
Highly Invasive, Major problem species
Origin: South America (NE Argentina, SouthBrazil, Paraguay and Uruguay)
Growth Form: Tree/shrub
Plant Description: Plant: Unarmed, branched shrub or small tree 24(10) m high; all parts except older stems covered with whitish-felty hairs. Leaves: Dull green and velvety above, white-felty beneath, up to 250 mm long x 100 mm wide, emit a strong smell when bruised; stipules ovate, 20 mm long. Flowers: Purple, in compact terminal clusters, on densely felty stalks up to 100 mm long, all year. Fruit: Globose berries 10 mm across, green turning yellow, in compact terminal clusters.
Key Features:
Control: cutting, stem painting or soil applied and foliar
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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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