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What plant is this?

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Trinch starts with ...
Hi, I am wondering if anyone can help me identify this plant. My son and his fiance recently purchased a house in Adelaide and this plant came up, it had small purple flowers followed by chilli like fruit (they smell like chillies when cut in Half) Does anyone know if it is some kind of chilli plant and if it is edible? Thanks so much.Lina
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4th January 2018 10:39pm
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Original Post was last edited: 7th January 2018 9:08pm
Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Lina

It would be a lot better if you uploaded an image of the mystery plant for easier I.D.
Happy Gardening :-)
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5th January 2018 3:47pm
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Original Post was last edited: 5th January 2018 3:48pm
Pademelon1 says...
It's definitely in the solanaceae so you're on the right track, I am thinking it is probably a native kangaroo apple (Solanum aviculare) or similar which are more closely related to the tomato and potato. You have to be careful though as most plants in the solanaceae are deadly poisonous. The species I have suggested is edible, but you should confirm with a herberium with live material to make sure, because they are difficult to identify (even more so across the internet) and you can't afford any mistakes.

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Pademelon

Edit: Looking at the pictures from a bigger screen, I think it is definitely either S. aviculare or S. laciniatum, which are edible when fully ripe, still, take care
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Original Post was last edited: 8th January 2018 6:55pm
Trinch says...
Thanks so much for that. I had a search around on the internet and came to the same conclusion, that it is a kangaroo apple and I told my son to wait until very ripe to try it. Has to be dropping off the tree before you can eat it.

thanks for your help
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