at first i thought this was an olive tree and then wondered if it was a kangaroo apple. it was a sprawling but somehow elegant shrub at the edge of a coastal lake south of mandurah with lots of purple-black egg-shaped fruit and smooth leaves that stood verticle on the stems. the fruit was very sweet and strong smelling.
according to a survey of plants collected at ceduna symonii was found to have comparable levels of solasodine in its leaves to s. aviclare (0.8%) but much less in the fruit (aust. j. bot. 1978, 26, 723-54). this chemical has been exploited by the pharm industry in the synthesis of steroidal hormones. while not necessarily an entheogen this is an inviting and probably useful plant (unlike some of her more surly and spiky sisters in this genus). i envisaged a sweet chutney that doubles as a contraceptive
i still haven't worked out the secret of germinating native solanaceae - I thought that since they loved disturbed/roadside areas that they would be as easy to grow as northern hemisphere nightshades.
i've tried making smoke water from 2 exotic weeds but without success. I'm still a bit of a gardening novice. Does it matter what kind of smoke you use?
Apart from s. symonii my other projects are anthocercis, duboisia and alyxia. No luck with germination