Solanum seitheae Symon, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4: 201; figs 82, 84 (1981)
T: 116 km SW of Normanton, Qld, 29 May 1967, D.E. Symon 4959; holo: AD: ADW 33274; iso: B, BRI, CANB, K, NSW, US.
Note that Bean (2004) treats this taxon as part of S. echinatum .
Sprawling, perennial sub-shrub to 60 cm high and 2 m wide, grey-green, densely pubescent with stellate hairs; prickles 5–6 mm long, scattered to abundant on stems, petioles, peduncles and calyx, rare or absent elsewhere.
Leaves ovate; lamina 4–13 cm long, 3–9 cm wide, slightly discolorous, shallowly lobed; petiole to 5 cm long.
Inflorescence up to 8–flowered; peduncle to 5 cm long; rachis to 5 cm long; pedicels 1–2 cm long. Calyx 8–11 mm long; lobes triangular, 4–6 mm long; tube enlarged in fruit. Corolla broadly stellate to rotate, 25–30 mm diam., violet-blue. Anthers 4–6 mm long. Fruiting calyx 20–25 mm diam.
Distribution and ecology
Occurs in north-western Qld and adjacent areas in N.T., and on the
Usually associated with rocky or gravelly outcrops.
S. seitheae is closely related to S. echinatum R. Br. and Bean (2004) did not consider them to be distinct; if they are to be distinguished then S. sietheae has a sub-shrubby habit and larger size, greyish tomentum and larger fruiting calyx.
Part of the S. echinatum group of subgen. Leptostemonum according to Bean (2004).
N.T.: Nicholson River area, T.S. Henshall 275 (AD, DNA, NT). Qld: 60 km E of Mt Isa, Qld, J. Swan 117 (AD, BRI).
Plant status, if any
Conservation status as a plant of least concern in the