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Plant Form: Perennial shrub.
Size: Up to 2 m tall.
Stem: Green when young, turning pale brown with age. With thorn-like prickles up to 12 mm long.
Leaves: Green, oval shaped with lobes. 10-20 cm long, with hairs and cream coloured veins on both sides.
Flowers: White and 2 cm wide with 5 petals. In clusters of 3-6 on a short stem.
Fruit and Seeds: 3 cm diameter round berries, which age from pale green with dark green markings (watermelon-like) to yellow. Containing an average of 45000 seeds.
Habitat: Disturbed areas, pastures, coastal scrub.
Distinguishing Features: A number of native and non-native close lookalike Nightshades (Solanum species). Expert advice recommended.