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Solanum parishii

Solanum parishii A. Heller

 

Parish’s Purple Nightshade

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderSolanalesPotatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias, sweet potatoes, morning glories, many others
FamilySolanaceaeNightshade or potato family
GenusSolanum“Quieting,” for the narcotic effect of some species
SpeciesparishiiFor brothers Samuel Bonsall Parish (1838-1928) and William Fletcher Parish (1840-1918), both botanical collectors

About plant names...

Parish’s nightshade is native to western North America.

Identification: Plants are up to 3' (1 m) in height. Leaves are lanceolate to oval, up to 2½" (7 cm) long, with smooth edges. Flowerheads are umbels. Flowers are purple (sometimes white) and star-shaped. Fruits are berries about ⅜" (1 cm) in size.

Online References:

Solanum parishii on CalPhotos

Solanum parishii on Wikipedia

Solanum parishii at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Solanum parishii (Parish’s Purple Nightshade)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Solanum parishii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 6 Nov 2013.

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Solanum parishii (Parish’s Purple Nightshade)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3 × 2" (7.6 × 5.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Solanum parishii (Parish’s Purple Nightshade)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 13 × 10" (32 × 25 cm) ID is uncertain

Solanum parishii (Parish’s Purple Nightshade)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

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