Solanum acanthifolium Léman ex Dunal
Solanum brevipilosum Dunal
Solanum brevipilum Dunal
Solanum croceum Dunal
Solanum cuneifolium Dunal
Solanum cuneifolium Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.
Solanum decurrens Banks ex Dunal
Solanum dubium Dunal
Solanum heterotricum Dunal
Solanum portoricense Dunal
Solanum umbellatum Dunal
Solanum willdenovianum G.Don
Common Name: Tomate del Diablo
Solanum jamaicense is an erect shrub, usually growing around 100 - 350cm tall, but occasionally adopting a more climbing habit. The stems are moderately armed with recurved prickles around 3 - 8mm long[
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, Venezuela, the Guyanas, northern Brazil; C. America - Panama to central Mexico; Caribbean to Florida
A weedy species of open fields and pastures, roadsides, or other disturbed areas; at elevations up to 900 metres[
]. The fruit is a thin-skinned, globose berry, 4- 12mm in diameter, mottled green when immature, mottled orange or red when mature[
A decoction of the roots and leaves is used as an anthelmintic and to treat thrush in children[
]. A warm decoction of the leaves is used as a wash for the elimination of body parasites[
The plant contains steroidal sapogenins[
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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