nightshade, eastern black
|COMMON NAME:||Nightshade, eastern black|
|SCIENTIFIC NAME:||Solanum ptychanthum|
|LIFECYCLE:||Annual, possible short-lived perennial|
|FEATURES:||Solitary leaves with general clammy-appearance as is characteristics of the Solanaceae family.
Flowers solitary with five white petals and five yellow anthers. Fruit is a green berry maturing into a
deep purple to black color. Berries are toxic if ingested.
|DESCRIPTION:||Difficult to differentiate from American black nightshade – Solanum americanum and there are some
characteristics such as white specks on fruit that suggest that this sample is in fact S. americanum and
not S. ptychanthum. Both species are very similar in habitat and distribution in North America.