Solanum torvum

Common Name(s): Turkey berry

Non-Native to Florida

Origin: Tropical America1
Introduction to Florida: pre-18992

This species appears on the following legally prohibited plant lists

CATEGORY II on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s (FLEPPC) 2015 List of Invasive Plant Species

UF-IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas


Download a page (PDF) from Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition1

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

View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.

 

Citations

1. 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.

2. 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.

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