Common Name(s): Turkey berry
Non-Native to Florida
Origin: Tropical America1
Introduction to Florida: pre-18992
This species appears on the following legally prohibited plant lists
|Federal Noxious Weed List||Florida Noxious Weed List||Florida Prohibited Aquatic Plants List|
UF-IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas
CATEGORY II on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s (FLEPPC) 2017 List of Invasive Plant Species
Download a page (PDF) from Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition1
EDIS Document: Natural Area Weeds: Invasive Solanum spp. in Florida (PDF) by L. T. Markle, W. A. Overholt, and K. A. Langeland (2014)
Solanum torvum is occasionally found growing in disturbed sites from Columbia County to the central and southern peninsula of Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). It is native to the West Indies and blooms all year.
View more information and pictures about turkey berry, as contained in the Langeland/Burks book, Identification & Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas.
Refer to the UF/IFAS Invasive Species Management Plans for Florida to learn more about Solanum spp. management.
View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.
1. From Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, H.M. Cherry, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Pub SP 257. 2008.
2. From Strangers in Paradise, Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida, Chapter 2: Florida’s Invasion by Nonindigenous Plants: History, Screening, and Regulation, by D.R. Gordon and K.P. Thomas, pp. 21-37. Island Press, Washington, DC, 1997.