Flower? Veg? ID please...

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Flower? Veg? ID please...

Post: #242193 julie_lanteri
Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:30 pm

Hi everyone,
my friend has got this plant in her garden. It volunteered itself so she hasn't got a clue what it is (there were 3 but she only kept one to see what it was going to grow into). There are little white flowers as you can see and what seems to be mini green fruits (?). Any ideas?
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Post: #242199 Hernaic Tom
Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:27 pm

I'd say it's definitely in the Solanaceae (Potato) family.... Some species have poisonous fruits though, so I'd wait for a positive ID before doing anything with the fruits.... I'll investigate further in the meantime....

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Post: #242203 MKG
Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:38 pm

I certainly agree with Tom - and I'd keep my eyes on it, because it looks awfully like some of the chilis I'm growing.

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Post: #242212 RuthG
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:17 pm

Nightshade, which as others have said is Solanaceae, imo. There is one that is harmelss-ish and one that is called 'deadlt nightshade' for good reason - the flowers on the latter are usually purple.

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Post: #242294 Millymollymandy
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:37 am

Definitely of the solanaceae family - doesn't look like a chilli - I think it is a weed as I have similar ones in the veg patch which I rip out and compost. The berries range from edible to deadly - think it's a bit like mushrooms, if in doubt - don't touch!

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Post: #242299 julie_lanteri
Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:33 am

thank you all! I'll pass on the message

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Post: #243028 Slippery Jack
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:50 pm

I think it's Black Nightshade, Solanum nigrum.

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Post: #243086 pumpy
Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:54 pm

RuthG wrote:Nightshade, which as others have said is Solanaceae, imo. There is one that is harmelss-ish and one that is called 'deadlt nightshade' for good reason - the flowers on the latter are usually purple.

Yup, definately. For some reason we've had loads of it in our veg patches this year. ( and yes, they do start off looking like pepper plants!) :study:
it's either one or the other, or neither of the two.

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Post: #252666 bill1953
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:41 am

It's Nightshade and we had this appear in the garden everywhere in about 1976. My father was puzzled by it's sudden appearance en masse not only in our garden but several adjacent ones. A neighbour who knew a bit about birds explained that Starlings will often gorge on the fruits seeds and all and then while in flight the whole flock will empty their bowels at the same time sending a hail of droppings containng seeds!
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Post: #252717 demi
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:49 pm

bill1953 wrote:It's Nightshade and we had this appear in the garden everywhere in about 1976. My father was puzzled by it's sudden appearance en masse not only in our garden but several adjacent ones. A neighbour who knew a bit about birds explained that Starlings will often gorge on the fruits seeds and all and then while in flight the whole flock will empty their bowels at the same time sending a hail of droppings containng seeds!



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Post: #252726 Biscombe
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:56 pm

Looks like Huckleberry which also looks like nightshade! I wouldn't risk eating the black berries!


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