This species is very closely related to the widespread Solanum caripense Dunal, and is probably a peripheral isolate from that variable species[
Common Name: Pepino de Monte
Solanum perlongistylum is a trailing or climbing shrub with more or less woody, arching-ascending branches to 100cm or more long, occasionally forming new roots at the leaf nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Solanum perlongistylum is a rare species and only known from a limitd number of localities. It is estimated to be 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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
Field borders, road cuts, quebradas and riverbanks; at elevations from 2,100 - 3,200 metres[
Fruit - raw[
]. Perceptions on edibility vary in different areas, ranging from inedible to edible and sweet tasting. The globose fruit is pale green or yellowish-green with darker green or purple-black stripes; it is around 22 - 27mm in diameter[
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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