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Date Photo Taken: 03/23/2014
Location:
Posted By: kd

Notes:

Melon like fruit, prickly , thorny leaves

COMMENTS

  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Solanum quitoense? Solanum hirtum?
    Where is it growing?

    Looks like a deliberately planted ornamental.

    March 24th, 2014 at 1:34 pm
  2. kd Apprentice says:

    It is growing in a garden bed where I grew sun moon and stars heirloom melons last summer. Looks like watermelon vine except the thorns on the leaves?

    March 24th, 2014 at 7:12 pm
  3. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Hmmm…
    Here’a a plant that looks like a watermelon… And is actually another solanum.

    Buffalo burr nightshade…

    http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2006/07/24/buffalobur-nightshade-a-very-evil-plant/

    Where are you gardening?

    March 25th, 2014 at 9:24 pm
  4. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Just a note, you didn’t put a location of the plant in your original posting, like Paducah, KY or Atlanta, GA or Collinsport, ME. It can help if we know what locale so we know what zone you are in and what might grow there or not.

    March 26th, 2014 at 9:16 am
  5. kd Apprentice says:

    I live in S. W. Florida, zone 10.

    March 26th, 2014 at 6:56 pm
  6. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like Solanum viarum to me, or Tropical Soda Apple. This is on both the Federal and Florida Noxious Weed lists. It is toxic if ingested. I’d say you should kill it.

    March 27th, 2014 at 9:14 am
  7. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/426 for information if you decide it is TSA…

    March 27th, 2014 at 9:17 am
  8. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    In Florida… Solanum viarum is far more likely than the other solanums…

    The leaf pics that you posted were mighty pretty, and reminded me of Solanum pyracanthum, ‘ Porcupine Tomato’ which is gorgeous.

    http://masteringhorticulture.blogspot.com/2012/09/horticoolture-armored-plant.html

    I’ll eventually break down and order seeds for my garden…

    March 27th, 2014 at 9:47 am

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