Pheliandra herthae Werderm.
Solanum dibrachiatum Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.
Solanum grandifolium C.V.Morton
Solanum herthae (Werderm.) D'Arcy
Solanum marmellosanum Bitter
Solanum pulchrum Poir.
Solanum sessile is a shrub or a small tree growing from 2 - 8 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a fuel and possibly as a food.
The plant is toxic to vertebrates: The cooked fruit is used as a hunting poison[
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 - Bolivia, north Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela
Rainforest, sometimes in areas subject to seasonal inundation; at elevations from 100 - 1,800 metres[
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]. There is also a report that the fruit is toxic to vertebrates[
]. The fruit is a globose, green berry around 10 - 15mm in diameter[
The stems are used for fuel[
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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