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Threatened species

Border Ranges Nightshade - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Solanum limitare
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 07 Nov 2003
Profile last updated: 15 Jun 2020


Border Ranges Nightshade is a small shrub between 30-80 cm high. Young leaves are 6-10 cm long and 2-3.5 cm wide, lance-shaped to rounded, and are either unlobed or have 1-2 pairs of shallow lobes and prickles on both sides. Adult leaves are 7-11 cm long by 0.9-1.7 cm wide, lance-shaped, unlobed and with a sharp tip. The upper surface of the leaf is grey-green and sparsely to moderately hairy. The underside of the leaf is densely hairy, white to pale yellow. The branchlets that contain flowers or fruit are covered in dense, intertwined hairs and sparse 3-6 mm long prickles. The purple flowers are 19-31 mm across and in bunches of 3-6. Flower stalks are 11-20 mm long. The pale green fruits are 14-17 mm in diameter and occur in groups of 1-3. They are held on stalks 16-20 mm long.


Border Ranges Nightshade occurs from the Bunya Mountains in southern Queensland south to the Kyogle and Urbenville areas in northern NSW. The species has been recorded from about six locations within NSW. However, the majority of these records are pre-1974, with few populations found in recent times, including between Mt Glennie and Mt Lindesay on the edge of the Border Ranges National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Border Ranges Nightshade generally occurs in open Blue Gum forest with a grassy understorey or grassy eucalypt forest adjacent to rainforest edges.
  • Known populations consist of very few plants at each site.
  • Flowers, winter to spring, and fruit has been observed in June.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Predicted North of Kyogle
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known North of Bonalbo