Solanum durandii Dammer ex De Wild. & T.Durand
Solanum laurentii De Wild.
Solanum lescrauwaetii De Wild.
Solanum marquesii Dammer
Solanum warneckeanum Dammer
Solanum anomalum is a shrub growing up to 2 metres tall[
]. The stem, branches and midribs of the leaves are usually armed with prickles up to 5 mm long[
The edible fruits are gathered from the wild and consumed locally. Both the fruits and the leaves are used medicinally. The plant is sometimes cultivated or semi-cultivated for its fruits[
Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to southern Nigeria, Cameroon and DR Congo.
Thickets and secondary forest in the drier parts of the forest zone[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Semi-cultivated, Wild
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. A bitter flavour, they are normally only eaten fresh by older people[
]. Known as 'childrens' tomatoes', they are more commonly used as a condiment in soups and sauces[
]. They can also be dried and preserved[
]. The fruit is sometimes fermented to form 'dawadawa', which is used as a flavouring in foods[
]. The fruit is a globose berry 5 - 9mm in diameter, green when young, shiny red when mature[
The sap from the leaves and fruits is drunk, or taken by enema 1 - 2 times daily, as a treatment for leprosy and gonorrhoea[
The fruits are used as a laxative and digestive[
]. They are also served ground up in soups and sauces as an appetizer for sick persons, sometimes mixed with fruits of Parkia[
The crushed fruits are applied to maturate inflammations on fingers or toes[
]. The fruit juice is applied to sores on the ears to alleviate pain[
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