Solanum boquetense Standl.
Solanum molestum Brandegee
Flowers and leaves. This plant is very similar to Solanum candidum, but may prove to be distinct
Photograph by: Rob Westerduijn
Solanum candidum is an erect or spreadingly-branched, large-leaved perennial plant; it usually grows 70 - 200cm tall, occasionally reaching 300cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is sometimes cultivated in home gardens in Ecuador[
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[
S. America - northern Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Open woodlands, thickets, light gaps near watercourses; in partial shade or open sun; seasonally dry to relatively wet situations; common as a successional species in human clearings and disturbances; at elevations to 1,500 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to partial shade[
]. Found in the wild on both limestone and granite derived soils of diverse textures[
Fruit - raw[
]. Eaten as a snack[
]. The globose, orange or orange-red fruit is 20 - 45mm in diameter with a cream or yellowish flesh containing numerous small seeds[
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