Common name: Brazilian nightshade
Botanical name: Solanum seaforthianum
Other common names: –
General description: A perennial vine cultivated as an ornamental and often found growing in moist gullies and clearings near residential areas.
Flowers: The flowers occur in pendant clusters. Flowers are star-shaped, 2–3cm in diameter, blue to purple, with a tuft of yellow stamens in the centre.
Leaves: The leaves are alternating on the stem, 13cm long and 11cm wide, and deeply divided into three to nine irregularly shaped segments.
Fruit/Berries: Fruit are globular, succulent, shiny berries, bright red to scarlet when ripe, about 1cm in diameter with numerous seeds inside.
Other: The sap is clear.
Symptoms: All parts of the plant are poisonous. The leaves and fruit may cause gastro-intestinal irritation, nausea and diarrhoea.
Toxicity category: 2