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Useful Tropical Plants

Solanum occultum

Bohs

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Cyphomandra stellata Bohs

Common Name: Tomate de Árbol

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General Information

Solanum occultum is a small tree growing around 1 - 8 metres tall[
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Title
Solanaceae Source
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Website
http://solanaceaesource.org/
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0
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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 food.

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[
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Title
Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/poison.htm
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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 - Peru, northern Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia

Habitat

Disturbed areas of tropical rain forest, sometimes on inundated soil, at elevations from 100 - 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.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height5.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - used to prepare drinks and juices[
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Title
Enciclopedia de las Plantas Útiles del Ecuador
Publication
 
Author
de la Torre, L., Navarrete H., P. Muriel M., Macía M.J. & Ba
Publisher
Herbario QCA de la Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas de la Pontific
Year
2008
ISBN
978-9978-77-135-8
Description
 
]. The ellipsoidal or globose, probably yellowish fruits are 30 - 50mm x 30 - 45mm[
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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.
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Seed are reportedly edible[
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Title
Minangmose (Gymnocladus assamicus) and Dekang (Gymnocladus Burmanicus): Culturally important and endangered trees of
Publication
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, Vol 9(3), July 2010, pp 419-429
Author
Singh R.K.; Srivastava R.C.; Adi tribe; Monpa tribe; Khasi t
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. - should this refer to Solanum endopogon? See Ethnobotany of the genus Cyphomandra (Solanaceae) L. Bohs Economic Botany, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1989), pp. 143-163

Medicinal

None known

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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