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Useful Tropical Plants

Solanum centrale

J.M.Black

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Solanum centrale
Cultivated plant at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia
Photograph by: Melburnian
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General Information

Solanum centrale is an erect to sprawling, spiny herbaceous perennial plant, producing stems usually 20 - 40cm long, but sometimes up to 100cm long, from a perennial rootstock. The stems can become more or less woody[
285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
,
435
Title
Solanaceae Source
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://solanaceaesource.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Incredible detail on all the species in Solanum (now also including the Tomatoes which were formerly in Lycopersicon). The site will eventually include all other Genera within the Solanaceae.
]. The plant often forms suckers[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
The fruits are harvested from the wild for local use. One of the most delicious and popular of the Australian wild fruits, they are being cultivated on a small scale in Australia for marketing as 'bush tucker'[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].

Known Hazards

The unripe fruit is toxic[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
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

285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
,
435
Title
Solanaceae Source
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://solanaceaesource.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Incredible detail on all the species in Solanum (now also including the Tomatoes which were formerly in Lycopersicon). The site will eventually include all other Genera within the Solanaceae.

Range

Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.

Habitat

Arid, sandy desert areas[
435
Title
Solanaceae Source
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://solanaceaesource.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Incredible detail on all the species in Solanum (now also including the Tomatoes which were formerly in Lycopersicon). The site will eventually include all other Genera within the Solanaceae.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the drier parts of the subtropics and tropics of Australia.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. Small quantities can be eaten fresh[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The dried, shrivelled fruits have a rich, spicy, aromatic flavour[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
,
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
]. The dried fruits can be ground into a powder or preserved in oil[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. After rubbing in the native red sand, they are said to taste more like raisins[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. They are excellent in sauces, chutneys, relishes, jams and salsas[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Traditionally, the fruits are gathered by the Aborigines, processed, dried and stored as staple foods[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. The drab green, then yellowish, globose fruits are 10 - 15mm in diameter[
435
Title
Solanaceae Source
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://solanaceaesource.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Incredible detail on all the species in Solanum (now also including the Tomatoes which were formerly in Lycopersicon). The site will eventually include all other Genera within the Solanaceae.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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