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American black nightshade, Solanum americanum

Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade)

Group: Dicot

Life span: Annual or short-lived perennial

Origin: Tropical America

Growth form: Forb/herb

Stems are erect, branching, smooth or hairy, up to 3 feet tall. Leaves are alternate, simple, petioled, rounded but longer than wide (egg-shape outline), smooth or hairy. Roots are fibrous with a shallow taproot. Flowers are small and white with yellow middles. Fruits are green berries and turn black as they mature. Propagation is by seeds.