Plant ID forum: Solanum Nigrum?

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ryanayr
Jul 7, 2017 3:18 PM CST
Found this guy growing with my Tithonias - I thought it was one of them until I took a close look today. Looks like it's probably Solanum Nigrum, but wanted to be sure (because you know, nightshades). Downy leaves, no spikes or spines, little white flowers with all white petals with yellow stigma - very small, flowers emerge in bunches.
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porkpal
Jul 7, 2017 3:33 PM CST
I don't know which one, but it is certainly a nightshade.
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greene
Jul 7, 2017 3:46 PM CST
I have had to learn the difference as the local Latino population comsume Solanum americanum which is not the same as Solanum nigrum but they look similar unless you know what to look for. And be warned, not everyone who posts images on the internet can tell the difference. Never eat anything you are not certain of.

The fruit coming from one place is more likely S. americanum. The fruit coming from almost all one place is more likely S. nigrum. Then look at the calyx. If the calyx has rolled back away from the fruit it is more likely S. americanum.

Here is a helpful link with some photos:
http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/200...

Either way, I'm not gonna eat either of these plants but when I grow the correct plant my neighbors help themselves and harvest all they want. Thumbs up
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