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Black Nightshade

Solanum nigrum

Black Nightshade, Solanum nigrum, from Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a farming area of Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya, Africa. December 2012.

flower of Solanum nigrum, photo © Michael Plagens Black nightshade is a common weed in agricultural areas in many areas about the world and is toxic to humans and livestock. On the other hand some varieties are edible and used as a staple pot herb. Given that this plants has varieties toxic enough to cause death, garden varieties should be carefully selected. The Common Bulbul feeds on the ripe berries thus distributing the seeds which survive passage through the bird's digestive system.

Common Bulbul

Common Bulbul

Solanaceae -- Nightshade Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 23 February 2013