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Solanum laciniatum
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Scientific classification
  • Solanum aviculare var. laciniatum (Aiton) Domin
  • Solanum laciniatum f. australiense Gerasimenko
  • Solanum laciniatum f. cultum Gerasimenko
  • Solanum laciniatum f. novozelandicum Gerasimenko
  • Solanum laciniatum f. tasmanicum Gerasimenko
  • Solanum laciniatum f. viridicaule Gerasimenko
  • Solanum laciniatum var. fruticosum Sweet
  • Solanum laciniatum var. herbaceum Sweet
  • Solanum pinnatifidum Lam.
  • Solanum pinnatifolium Salisb., nom. illeg.

Solanum laciniatum is a soft-wooded shrub native to the east coast of Australia, notably Victoria and Tasmania. It also occurs in Western Australia and New Zealand, where some authorities consider it to be introduced. It is similar to Solanum aviculare, with which it shares the common name kangaroo apple. The common name refers to the likeness of the leaf shape to a kangaroo paw print. This plant is currently being cultivated to produce corticosteroid drugs.


The shrub typically grows to a height and width of 1 to 3 m (3 ft 3 in to 9 ft 10 in) and blooms between January and February producing purple blue flowers.


Grows in well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates moderately salty winds. Is very fast growing but short lived. Solanum laciniatum often colonises disturbed soil and tracks.

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