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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bitter Apple

Afrikaans name:

Bitter Apple

Above - Beautiful mauve flowers on the Bitter Apple

Photo © Steven Herbert

Solanum duplo-sinuatum

The Bitter Apple is a sprawling shrub with an attractive purple flower. It flowers throughout the year. These plants typically grow along the edge of forested areas.

The leaves can be up to 30 cm in length and have spines sticking out from the veins.

The fruit of the Bitter Apple is about 3.5 ccm in diameter and it is green and yellow in colour.

Traditional healers use parts of the Bitter Apple to treat ring worm.

Bitter Apple

Above - Large thorny leaf of the Bitter Apple

Photo © Steven Herbert

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