Calflora
Taxon  Report   7647    
Solanum americanum  Mill.
American black nightshade,  Common nightshade, Small flowered nightshade, White nightshade
Solanum americanum
© 2009 Jorg Fleige
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Solanum americanum
© 2018 Julian Geoghegan
Solanum americanum
© 2018 Julian Geoghegan
Solanum americanum, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Solanum americanum
© 2009 Steve Matson
Family: SOLANACEAE  
Genus: Solanum
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Toxicity: MAJOR

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Solanum americanum var. nodiflorum
PLANTS: Solanum nodiflorum
PLANTS: Solanum nigrum var. virginicum
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More information about  Solanum americanum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (SOAM)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).