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Useful Tropical Plants

Solanum campaniforme

Roem. & Schult.

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Solanum caeruleum Vell.

Solanum campanulatum Willd. ex Sendtn.

Solanum cearense Dunal

Solanum confertum Dunal

Solanum dusenii L.B.Sm. & Downs

Solanum falcatum Witasek

Solanum glabellum Dunal

Solanum indigoferum A.St.-Hil.

Solanum laxiflorum Sendtn.

Solanum microcalyx Klotzsch

Solanum microrbitum L.B.Sm. & Downs

Common Name:

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General Information

Solanum campaniforme is a shrub growing around 1 - 4 metres tall[
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Title
Solanaceae Source
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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.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a parasiticide.

Known Hazards

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[
293
Title
Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/poison.htm
Publisher
 
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0
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Description
An excellent concise but comprehensive guide to toxic plants that grow in N. Carolina. It lists even those plants that are of very low toxicity, including several well-known food plants such as carrots and potatoes.
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Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Botanical References

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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

S. America - eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, the Guyanas

Habitat

At elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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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

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The fruit is a globose, green (or blue) berry around 10 - 20mm 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.
]. There are no reports of edibility.

Medicinal

The leaves are boiled to make a strong infusion in which to bathe feet badly infected with niguas or sand-fleas - the
the egg-sacs then need to be extracted using spines[
762
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A series of botanical leaflets. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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A spot test with Dragendorff reagent indicated the presence of alkaloids in the leaves[
762
Title
Botanical Museum Leaflets Vol 26
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
A series of botanical leaflets. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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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