Solanum laxiflorum Dunal
Solanum megistophyllidium Bitter
Solanum barbeyanum is a prickly, robust, perennial climbing plant with stems up to 10mm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
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 - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, northern Brazil
Clearings, shaded thickets, riparian forests, and disturbed areas in premontane to montane forests; at elevations from 200 - 2,000 metres[
]. The usually globose, rarely obovoid (pyriform), bright orange fruits are around 20 - 60mm x 30 - 70mm[
The fruit is used to treat scabies[
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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