Vascular – Exotic
Lianes & Related Trailing Plants - Dicotyledons
High-climbing, usually hairless vine. Stems to 15 m long, semi-woody. Leaf stems to 3 cm long, slender, twining. Leaves alternate, 20-60 x 7-30 mm, thin to oval, occasionally with lobes at base. Flowers star-shaped, white or pale mauve with central yellow cone, 20-33 mm diameter, many and long-lasting in loose terminal clusters, Jan-Dec. Berries 4-6 mm diameter, shiny, dark blue-black, often absent.
Can be confused with Jasminum polyanthum when not flowering. However S. jasminoides has alternate leaves. The potato-like flowers Immediately place this vine in Solanaceae
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
solanum: Derivation uncertain - possibly from the Latin word sol, meaning “sun,” referring to its status as a plant of the sun. Another possibility is that the root was solare, meaning “to soothe,” or solamen, meaning “a comfort,” which would refer to the soothing effects of the plant upon ingestion.
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Some of its spread is almost certainly vegetative. (DoC, 1998).
spread by birds (DoC, 1998).
Species name change from S. jasminoides to S. laxum by C C Ogle, 24 Oct 2019