Turkey berry

Solanum torvum -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Solanum torvum

Non-Native to Florida

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CATEGORY II on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's (FLEPPC) 2013 List of Invasive Plant Species

Download a page (PDF 157 KB) from Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, H.M. Cherry, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Pub SP 257. 2008.

This species is listed on the Florida Noxious Weed List – Rule 5B-57.007, making it “. . . unlawful to introduce, multiply, possess, move, or release . . . except under permit issued by the department . . . .” See 5B-57.004 for more information.

Date of introduction to Florida: pre-1899

(from Strangers in Paradise, Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida, Chapter 2: Florida’s Invasion by Nonindigenous Plants: History, Screening, and Regulation, by D.R. Gordon and K.P. Thomas, pp. 21-37. Island Press, Washington, DC, 1997.)


Solanum torvum is occasionally found growing in disturbed sites from Columbia County to the central and southern peninsula of Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). It is native to the West Indies and blooms all year.

View more information and pictures about turkey berry, as contained in the Langeland/Burks book, Identification & Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas.

Refer theUF/IFAS Invasive Species Management Plans for Florida to learn more about Solanum spp. management.

See the UF/IFAS Assessment, which lists plants according to their invasive status in Florida.

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