Friday: Nature Unknown
This plant, growing at the edge of the Â pasture, seemed to glow in the shadows. But that apparently has nothing to do with the common name of this plant or of the family to which it belongs.
This is a Â nightshade relative, an ally of tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers and tobacco. I can’t find out the derivation of the common name that seems to include two plant families, the Convovulaceae (morning glory family) and the Solanaceae. The latter seems to be based on the Latin word sol or sun, and perhaps that name comes from the starburst appearance of many of the flowers.
The members of the genus solanum, like the ones pictured here, carry an alkaloid that can be poisonous. You probably know not to eat green potatoes because of their ill effects.
This photo prompted next week’s Floyd Press piece written while we were in SaintSteaming Louis last week.