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Useful Tropical Plants

Solanum rudepannum

Dunal

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Solanum diversifolium Schltdl.

Solanum enneodonton Delchev. ex Dunal

Solanum fendleri Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.

Solanum isthmicum Bitter

Solanum ochraceoferrugineum (Dunal) Fernald

Common Name:

Solanum rudepannum
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruits
Photograph by: Wight, R., Icones Plantarum Indiae Orientalis, vol. 2(1): t. 345 (1846) [Rungia]
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General Information

Solanum rudepannum is an erect, spiny shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall.
The fruits are sometimes gathered from the wild and eaten locally. The leaves are used locally for cleaning dishes.

Known Hazards

The fruit is used for poisoning rats[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, through Central America to Mexico.

Habitat

Common in thickets in Honduras[
512
Title
Flora of the Lancetilla Valley, Honduras.
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago.
Year
1931
ISBN
 
Description
Rather short on details at times, which is not surprising since so little information was available at the time. Still a useful flora. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Prefers clearings such as road verges and fields.

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The green fruits are eaten raw with salt as a relish[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
512
Title
Flora of the Lancetilla Valley, Honduras.
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago.
Year
1931
ISBN
 
Description
Rather short on details at times, which is not surprising since so little information was available at the time. Still a useful flora. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Some caution is advised, see notes on toxicity[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The hard, green berries are about 2cm in diameter.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The large, flannel-like leaves are often used for cleaning dirty dishes[
512
Title
Flora of the Lancetilla Valley, Honduras.
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago.
Year
1931
ISBN
 
Description
Rather short on details at times, which is not surprising since so little information was available at the time. Still a useful flora. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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