Solanum nigrumCommon name: Black Berry Nightshade

Meaning of name: Solanum was the Latin name used by Pliny for the nightshade. The meaning of nigrum is not known.

Distribution: Found throughout Western Australia.

Remarks: A shrub to 60 centimetres tall, it has white flowers from July to April, followed by dull black or purplish berries. The young fruits may be toxic. Native to Europe.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 2007.

Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.

Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.