Tropical soda apple
Tropical soda apple flower
Tropical soda apple fruit
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statusTropical soda apple (Solanum viarum)
is listed as noxious in class 1 throughout NSW. It is a notifiable weed
and cannot be propagated or sold. It is a shrub or tall herb 1-2 metres high which has been recorded on the NSW north coast, north from about Kempsey.
There are many native and weedy members of the genus Solanum. The most similar is apple of sodom (Solanum linnaeanum) which also has yellow ripe fruits and large cream coloured spines on the leaves, but its leaves are less hairy. Unlike most species, which have purple flowers, tropical soda apple has cream coloured flowers. Check the silver-leaf nightshade page for more look-alikes.
View the fact sheet for this weed here.