Solanum rudepannum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Solanum rudepannum Dunal
  • Synonyms : Solanum torvum Sw
  • Common Name : Turkey Berry, Devil's Fig, Prickly Nightshade, Wild Eggplant, Pea Eggplant, Plate Brush
  • Plant Family : Solanaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Punit Van

About Solanum rudepannum Plant :

  • Habit :
    • An erect, bushy, spiny perennial shrub with stem bark grey and nearly smooth with raised lenticels.
    • The roots are white and the twigs are gray-green and covered with starshaped hairs.
    • The spines short and slightly curved.
  • Leaves : Opposite or alternate, broadly ovate with entire margins and deeply lobed, petiolate, covered with hairs.
  • Inflorescence : Corymbose cymes.
  • Flowers : White, tubular with 5 pointed lobes.
  • Fruit : Berries, in clusters of tiny green spheres, thin-fleshed, contains numerous flat, round, brown seeds.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - November
  • Significance : The green fruits are edible and are known to be used in the preparation of curry.