Solanum skutchii is a climbing shrub with stems that can be 7.5 metres or more long growing from a non-tuberous rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground, often rooting at the nodes, and climb into the surrounding vegetation for support[
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[
C. America - Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, north to central Mexico
Wet forests or cloud forests or mixed forests, sometimes on stony banks or along streams; at elevations from 915 - 2,,850 metres[
Leaves - boiled and eaten as a pot herb[
The ovoid to globose, orange-red to orange fruit is about 15mm. in diameter[
]. There are no reports of edibility for the fruit.
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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