Blackberry nightshade (Solanum nigrum)

An annual or perennial soft wooded herb to about 60cm often found growing as a weed in gardens or waste areas.
The flowers are small, star-shaped, white, clustered together in groups of 4 to 8, measuring 0.8 to 1.2cm in diameter.
The leaves are alternate, with an undulate or entire margin, and measure up to 13cm long and up to 7cm wide.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur or more than 3 unripe (green) berries are eaten.

Common name: Blackberry nightshade

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum and Solanum americanum

Other common names: common nightshade, glossy nightshade

Family: Solanaceae

General description: An annual or perennial soft wooded herb to about 60cm often found growing as a weed in gardens or waste areas.

Flowers: The flowers are small, star-shaped, white, clustered together in groups of 4 to 8, measuring 0.8 to 1.2cm in diameter.

Leaves: The leaves are alternate, with an undulate or entire margin, and measure up to 13cm long and up to 7cm wide.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are globular, about 6 to 8mm in diameter, green ripening to a dull or shiny black or dark purple. The ripe fruit are soft and contain numerous small seeds.

Other: –

Symptoms: The entire plant is considered toxic however ripe berries are usually harmless. Eating green berries may cause headache, nausea and mild stomach upset.

Toxicity category: 2
Category 2 - Potentially toxic
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur or more than 3 unripe (green) berries are eaten.

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