nightshade, eastern black

COMMON NAME: Nightshade, eastern black
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Solanum ptychanthum
FAMILY: Solanaceae
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.

Flower / Seed Head Flower closeup

Flower / Seed Head
Flower closeup

Leaf Leaves

Leaf
Leaves

Additional Mix of green and mature fruit.

Additional
Mix of green and mature fruit.

Broad View Whole plant in fruit.

Broad View
Whole plant in fruit.