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Ground-cherry Nightshade - Solanum physalifolium
Other Names:  Hairy Nightshade, Green Nightshade, Hoe Nightshade, Solanum sarrachoides

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Annual. Stems ascending to erect, branched, 5–40 cm. Herbage glandular-villous. Leaf blades lanceolate to ovate, sinuate to dentate, 2–6 cm long. Inflorescence axillary, few-flowered corymbs; peduncle 5–10 mm long. Flowers: calyx lobes ca. 1 mm long; corolla white, lobes spreading, ca. 2 mm long; anthers 1–2 mm long. Berry becoming yellowish, 6–7 mm long, half enclosed in the swollen calyx (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Introduced throughout much of the U.S.; native to S. America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 24

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Ground-cherry Nightshade — Solanum physalifolium.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from