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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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TROPICAL SODA APPLE
Not native to Florida
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council: Category I designation
This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.
Native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina, this problem invasive has now spread accross much of Florida. It is also now found throughout the southeastern United States plus Pennsylvania and was placed on the Federal Noxious Weed List in 1995.
In Florida it is usually found in disturbed sites - along roadsides and in ditches, citrus groves and other farmland. Tropical Soda Apple is very prolific and has a high germination rate. Cattle and wildlife such as raccoons, deer and feral pigs spread the seed by eating the fruit.
Other species of the Solanum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Solanum capsicoides - SODA APPLE
View Solanum chenopodioides - BLACK NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum dulcamara - CLIMBING NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum bahamense - BAHAMA NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum americanum - AMERICAN BLACK NIGHTSHADE