Solanum ossicruentum - Australian Blood Tomato

A new species of bush tomato was described from observations in Mirima National Park (WA), the Carr Boyd Ranges (WA), and Keep River National Park, Australia. Solanum ossicruentum belongs to the Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum and is distinguished by its short silvery indumentum, long calyx lobes, larger and compact stature, and a bony hard mature fruit that remains enclosed in a heavily armed calyx. While its unripened fruits are greenish white on the inside when cut open, they start ‘bleeding’ in no more than two minutes.