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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:51 pm    Post subject: Fruiting plant, unknown origin Reply with quote

Hi folks.

We have a strange plant growing in the tunnel, it is assumed to have come from a seed in the compost. It grew well, is self supporting and it's small white, tomato or nightshade like flowers turned in to fruit and have now turned black and soft.

Photo attached. If anyone has an idea what it is, you'd solve a curious puzzle.

Thanks.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a member of the Solanum family.
I cannot be certain but possibly a foreign one such as Solanum ptycanthum. syn with Solanum americanum.
I think the leaves have turned that colour due to stress...too dry maybe.

Please do not risk trying to eat the berries...if I am wrong the results could be devastating.

https://extension.umass.edu/landscape/weeds/solanum-ptycanthum

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/black_nightshade.htm

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Solanum+ptycanthum.&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiPofXkjbLOAhUpDMAKHaoiCkQQ_AUICCgB&biw=1536&bih=731

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Solanum+americanum.&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj45rCujrLOAhUDD8AKHYKBDsgQ_AUICCgB&biw=1536&bih=731


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Silver surfer, I'm pretty sure you got it in one. I definitely won't be eating it, funny how seeds get around. The colour you're right about, it was much greener, when the weather turned poor, the tunnel started getting colder at night and so like a stressed tomato, it got very purple. That and it's in a small pot.

Thanks again for solving this.
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