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Nipple Fruit or Cows Udder Fruit
Characteristics: Twining vine to 2m
Seeds per packets: Aprox 15
Solanum mammosum is commonly known as Nipple Fruit or Cow’s Udder Fruit.
The striking yellow or orange pear shaped fruits that resembles nipples or udders.
A member of the Solanaceae family that includes tomatoes eggplants, potatoes etc. it falls in the higher classification of the “Nightshade” and the fruits are not edible.
In Chinese culture, the plant is known as five fingered eggplant.
Native to South America it prefers a well-drained soil in a protected sunny position. Frost and drought tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.