Cyphomandra yungasense Rusby
Solanum amethystinum Poit. ex Hook.f.
Solanum granelianum D'Arcy
Solanum ipomoea Sendtn.
Solanum ipomoeoides Chodat & Hassl.
Solanum ipomoeum St.-Lag.
Solanum laetum Miq.
Solanum leucosporum Dunal
Solanum miquelii C.V.Morton
Solanum palenquense D'Arcy
Solanum penduliflorum Rusby
Solanum pendulum Link ex Steud.
Solanum pensile Sendtn.
Solanum scandens L.
Solanum sempervirens Dunal
Solanum styracioides Rusby
Solanum tinctum C.V.Morton
Solanum volubile Rusby
Witheringia pendula Roem. & Schult.
Solanum uncinellum is a large woody plant, with stems that climb into the canopy, attaching themselves by means of twining petioles[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
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 - northern Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama; Caribbean - Trinidad
Found in a wide variety of habitats from lowland rainforest to dry chaco vegetation; at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
Solanum uncinellum is a very widespread and variable species, occurring in a huge range of habitats throughout the American tropics and into the subtropical zone of southern South America[
The fruit is a red, violet or metallic blue, globose berry, up to 20mm in diameter[
]. We have seen no reports on edibility.
The roots and fruits are boiled, and the water drunk as a treatment for inflammation[
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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