Cyphomandra stellata Bohs
Common Name: Tomate de Árbol
Solanum occultum is a small tree growing around 1 - 8 metres tall[
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 - Peru, northern Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia
Disturbed areas of tropical rain forest, sometimes on inundated soil, at elevations from 100 - 1,200 metres[
Fruit - used to prepare drinks and juices[
]. The ellipsoidal or globose, probably yellowish fruits are 30 - 50mm x 30 - 45mm[
Seed are reportedly edible[
]. - 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
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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