Apple-of-Sodom, photograph: M. Bleeker
Status of apple-of-Sodom in Tasmania
(Solanum sodomaeum = Solanum linnaeum)
- Apple-of-Sodom is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of apple-of-Sodom are prohibited in Tasmania.
legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing
with apple-of-Sodom are laid out in the apple-of-Sodom Statutory Weed Management Plan.
What does apple-of-Sodom look like?
is an erect spreading shrub growing to 1 metre high. The stems are
green, purple or brown with numerous straight or slightly curved
prickles and minute star-shaped hairs. The leaves are deeply lobed and
armed with prickles along the leaf stalk and upper and lower leaf veins.
The leaves also have minute star-shaped hairs, mainly on the lower
surface. The flowers are purple to white with five fused petals. The
fruit is a globular berry, green with white mottling at first, yellow
- Seeds germinate in spring. Flowering and fruiting extends from late spring to the end of summer.
is by seed. Because the fruit or seeds are not eaten by birds or
animals, dispersal is limited to the fruit falling from the plant and
being blown or dragged a short distance.
Impacts of apple-of-Sodom
- Apple-of-Sodom is a weed of unimproved pastures and coastal areas.
replace native plants, harbour vermin and restrict access. Whilst
younger plants are susceptible to cultivation, older ones are harder to
deal with, being unpalatable to virtually all animals as well as being
Where does apple-of-Sodom occur?
is a native of the Mediterranean region and southern Africa. On
mainland Australia, apple-of-Sodom has naturalised in all states.
- Apple-of-Sodom has not naturalised in Tasmania.
What you need to do
you locate apple-of-Sodom anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant
that you think could be apple-of-Sodom, immediately contact your
Regional Weed Management Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
Statutory Management Plan for Apple-of-Sodom
Weed Links and Resources
Other useful links
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