Bush Tomato (Flannel Bush) – Original Painting


Helen Ansell Original Painting

This painting is currently on exhibition at Helen’s Pop Up Exhibition for the Wildflower Season in Mullewa and will be available to be posted when the exhibition finishes after September 30th 2020.

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 120cm.

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(Solanum lasiophyllum) Flannel Bush

Although this variety is an Australian native, Solanum is a large and diverse genus of flowering plants, which include three food crops of high economic importance, the potato, the tomato and the eggplant.

Some local Solanums are ‘bush tucker’ for indigenous people, but not this species.  

It is widespread in the drier regions of Western Australia, extending into south-western Northern Territory, and central South Australia.

The shrub is erect and can grow to 2m, but is generally about 75cm high; is grey-green in colour; with prickles up to 5mm long on the stems. The leaves have a surface texture much like a ‘flannel shirt’, hence the common name. The fruit has an outer covering that is furry like a tennis ball, but when mature the next layer in is almost like a nut casing, enclosing dry tomato seeds.

They thrive in disturbed soil, hence are often seen on the sides of roads. But they are also a pest to farmers both in tilled paddocks of grain and in pasture where, because stock don’t eat the plant, they can then multiply and dominate.

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