Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Solanum heterodoxum Dunal
(Melon Leaf Nightshade)

Family: Solanaceae

Status: Native

By var., see Allred

Solanum heterodoxum is a very prickly prostrate herb with irregularly divided sinuate pinnatifid or bipinnatifid leaves. The flowers are purple in contrast to the bright yellow flowers of the otherwise similar Solanum rostratum. Note in the photographs that the stamens open by terminal pores. Both species are found in dry sandy areas.
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Solanum heterodoxum, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Burro Mtns., WD Ranch Rd., Sept. 7, 2007

Solanum heterodoxum, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Denise Friedrick & Bill Norris, Burro Mtns., Newby Rd., June 7, 2009

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