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Solanum orbiculatum, commonly known as Wild Tomato or Round-leaved Solanum produces edible round fruits around 1 cm in diameter predominantly in early summer in its native range.
The fruits were a valued food source for the indigenous people of Australia and the early settlers.
Forms a fairly compact habit with round green-yellow foliage with the leaves and juvenile stems lightly covered in fine tiny hairs produce a silvery or rusty appearance.
Attractive purple/violet and yellow flowers occur from June to October.
Occurs naturally in semi-arid and arid regions of the Eremaean and South-West Province of Western Australia extending into the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an warm open sunny position, tolerates dry conditions once establish but produces extended fruiting if an adequate supply of water is provide. Drought resistant and moderately frost tolerant.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Seed germinates readily with pre-treatment of smoke.
Pre-treatment of smoke:
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.
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