- Jun 2, 2011
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- Fort Worth, TX area
I'm south of Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. These plants are growing in my sheep pasture. The berries are small about thumb size and turn brown/black as they age. Are they toxic to livestock or humans?
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@flowerbug I'm picking up my sheep this weekend. Trying to figure out if I need to pull these or fence around them to keep sheep safe.i tried to find anything that looked like that, but have no luck with my searches.
Based on a little online research, I think it's silver-leaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium. And if it is. then yes, it is probably toxic to livestock.
Well, I already looked a little like horse nettle to me so that was a start. I put "Solanum Texas" into the engine, went to pictures, and looked for similar leaves.my searches using "yellow orange fruits" didn't come out well - it never brought up that plant.
my first reaction was also a nightshade, but i never recalled seeing one with that color fruits that ended up turning black. the ones here that are most common are the ones that get green berries that turn black and the flowers are white. having learned my lesson some years ago when i see them i try to remove them entirely before they can drop fruits and spread more. the animals must like them because we find them here or there, but i don't know what animal it might be that most frequently goes for them.
That does appear to be the most likely suspect, although in the photo, I don't see thorns on the stem.Based on a little online research, I think it's silver-leaf nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium. And if it is. then yes, it is probably toxic to livestock.