Solanum diversifolium Schltdl.
Solanum enneodonton Delchev. ex Dunal
Solanum fendleri Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.
Solanum isthmicum Bitter
Solanum ochraceoferrugineum (Dunal) Fernald
Solanum rudepannum is an erect, spiny shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall.
The fruits are sometimes gathered from the wild and eaten locally. The leaves are used locally for cleaning dishes.
The fruit is used for poisoning rats[
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[
Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, through Central America to Mexico.
Common in thickets in Honduras[
]. Prefers clearings such as road verges and fields.
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The green fruits are eaten raw with salt as a relish[
]. Some caution is advised, see notes on toxicity[
]. The hard, green berries are about 2cm in diameter.
The plant is used to treat snakebites[
The leaves are used to relieve headaches[
The large, flannel-like leaves are often used for cleaning dirty dishes[
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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