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Solanum bahamense Linnaeus. Bahama Nightshade, Cankerberry. Phen: Jan-Dec. Hab: Hammocks, dunes. Dist: S. FL; West Indies.

ID notes: Solanum bahamense is a shrub or small tree (to 4 m tall), with straight, yellow to orange prickles. "It is unique among the North American spiny solanums in having stellate hairs on the inner (adaxial) surface of the anthers" (Bohs 2023).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, Fl6, FNA14, K3, WH3; < Solanum lanceifolium Jacq.; ? Solanum racemosum Jacq.

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Solanum bahamense, Nanny Point, Virgin Islands National Park, Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Aidan Campos source
image of plant© Aidan Campos source
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷

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