Cyphomandra sibundoyensis Bohs
Solanum sibundoyense is a small tree usually growing around 4 - 8 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. Solanum sibundoyense produces some of the largest fruits known in section Pachyphylla. Although it is a good candidate for trial as a fruit crop, it may be difficult to successfully cultivate this species outside the specialized climate of southern Colombia where it is native[
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 - Colombia
Cloud forests; at elevations from 1,400 - 2,300 metres[
Fruits - raw or cooked[
]. The fruit pulp is sweet, juicy, and pleasant-tasting and an attractive purplish layer surrounds the seeds[
]. The yellow or orange, ellipsoidal, ovoid, or globose fruit is around 60 - 100mm x 55 - 70mm[
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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