Solanum incanum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Solanum incanum L.
  • Synonyms : Solanum coagulans Forsk
  • Common Name : Ubhi-Ringani
  • Plant Family : Solanaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Solanum incanum Plant :

  • Habit : An erect prickly shrub, densely covered with soft stellate tomentum, stem prickly, terete and prickles straight sharp.
  • Leaves : Sinuately lobed, acute at the apex, tapering at the base, prickly along the nerves, stellate tomentose on both sides, more densely on the lower side, petiolate, petioles tomentose prickly.
  • Inflorescence : Few flowered cymes, peduncles upto 4 cm long.
  • Flowers :
    • Lowest flower bisexual, the rest only males, pedicels 6-10 mm long, minutely prickly.
    • Calyx densely stellately woolly, prickly in the fertile flower.
    • Corolla violet in colour, glabrous, deeply lobed, stellate tomentose outside and inside along the midpetaline bands.
    • Ovary and base of the style stellate, tomentose.
  • Fruit : Globose, yellow, glabrous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October - January