Ripe fruits in the Botanical garden, Graz, Austria
Photograph by: IKAl
Solanum pseudolulo is an erect or spreading, divergently branched, perennial plant with stems that usually become somewhat woody. It grows from 50 - 150cm tall[
The fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant is rarely cultivated, but it is usually tolerated as a weed in gardens and fields, and the fruits are sometimes sold in local markets[
Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
S. America - Colombia.
A mainly weedy species of pastures, roadsides and other disturbed places, growing naturally in open savannahs and stream bank thickets; in mesic to somewhat xeric situations, at elevations from 200 - 2,000 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Semi-cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position, but can succeed in light shade[
The plant hybridizes with Solanum quitoense to produce fertile hybrids[
Fruit - raw. Pale yellow pulp, it is used to make refreshing drinks[
]. The quality of the juice is generally considered to be inferior to the naranjilla (Solanum quitoense)[
]. The fruit is rather variable, some forms are tart and delicious whilst others rather bland[
]. The globose, orange or yellow-orange fruit is 2 - 4cm in diameter[
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