Solanum callicarpifolium radula M.Gómez
Solanum canescens Rich ex Dunal
Solanum lima Banks ex Dunal
Solanum radula Vahl
Solanum radulanum St.-Lag.
Solanum salviifolium Dunal
Common Name: Boboro
Solanum asperum is a shrub or a small tree growing around 1 - 6 metres tall. The bole can be around 5cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
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[
S. America - Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama; Caribbean - Trinidad; N. America southern and central Mexico
Occasional to common in secondary growth thickets of humid lowland tropical forests, usually near the coast or inland along major rivers: at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. The fruit is a yellow, globose, fleshy berry around 8 - 10mm in diameter[
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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