Solanum anthropophagorum Seem.
Solanum lydgatei H.St.John
Solanum macdanielsii H.St.John
Solanum ornans Witasek
Solanum polynesicum H.St.John
Solanum popolo H.St.John
Solanum savaiense Witasek
Solanum tongaense H.St.John
Solanum tuamotuense H.St.John
Solanum upolense Witasek
Solanum uporo Dunal
Solanum viride is an erect (but sometimes subscandent or sprawling) shrub growing 1-3 metres tall[
A form that has arisen out of cultivation (cv. 'Anthropophagorum) is sometimes grown for its edible leaves and fruits[
Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most species in this genus also contain toxic alkaloids. Whilst these alkaloids can make the plant useful in treaing a range of medical conditions, they can also cause problems such as nausea, vomiting, salivation, drowsiness, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weakness and respiratory depression[
Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
Southern Pacific - Fiji and Tonga to the Tuamotus and Hawaii.
Cliffs and limestone rock faces (possibly always on limestone), on edges of forest, and in open places at elevations from sea level to 100 metres[
There is no evidence that the wild form of this plant is used for food, but a form with larger leaves and fruits (cv. 'Anthropophagorum') is traditionally cultivated in and near villages as a food crop[
Fruit - cooked[
]. They resemble tomatoes, and are used for making sauces[
]. The red fruit is up to 5cm in diameter[
Leaves and young stems - cooked as a potherb[
Seed - sow in trays in a nursery. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on fast. Plant them out when 10cm or more tall.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood. Very easy, the cuttings root within a couple of weeks.
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