Solanum americanumCommon name: Glossy nightshade

Meaning of name: Solanum was the Latin name used by Pliny for the nightshade. Americanum is from the Latin word americanus, meaning American.

Distribution: Occurs in Perth but also recorded from Busselton, Dirk Hartog Island and the Kimberley.

Remarks: A herb or shrub to 1.3 metres tall. The white flowers are produced from June to September, followed by green, ripening to purple to black, berries. Native to America.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.