turkeyberry USDA PLANTS Symbol: SOTO4
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs Shrub or Subshrub
Solanum torvum Sw.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Solanales: Solanaceae
Synonym(s): turkey berry, devil's fig, turkeyberry
Native Range: Trop. Amer.

Turkey berry is a broadleaved, evergreen, shrub or small tree that invades a variety of ecosystems in Florida. Plants can grow to 16 ft. (4.9 m) in height. The stems are armed with stout, straight or lightly curved prickles. The alternate leaves are elliptical, 10 in. (25 cm) long, have prickles along the midvein and star-shaped hairs underneath. Leaves range from unlobed to strongly lobed. The small, white flowers occur in large, branched clusters. Plants flower continuously after reaching a height of 3.3-4.9 ft. (1-1.5 m). Fruit are small, yellow berries. Although turkey berry has only been found several times in Florida, it has the potential to invade a variety of sites, both wet and dry. Once established, it can sprout from the roots, creating large thickets that could displace native vegetation. Turkey berry is found throughout the world’s tropical regions and was introduced into Florida sometime before 1900 for cultivation trials.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Plant(s); habit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); habit in abandoned pasture
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); flowers and unripe fruits
Nancy Coile, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); juvenile plant
Nancy Coile, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Cesar Calderon, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Feature(s); leaves and immature fruits
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); branch with flowers and fruit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); flower
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); branch
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Florida Division of Plant Industry Archive, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Ken A. Langeland, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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Invasive Listing Sources:
Faith Campbell, 1998
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council