Solanum mauritianum Scop.

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Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Jevington Rd, Vumba

Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Jevington Rd, Vumba

Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Jevington Rd, Vumba

Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Jevington Rd, Vumba

Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

Solanum mauritianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

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Synonyms:
Common names: Bug tree (English) Bugweed (English)
Description: Fast-growing, foetid, densely stellate-tomentose, unarmed, shrub or small tree to 4 m. Prominent leafy false stipules usually present at base of petiole. Leaves: petiole (2-)4-5 cm; lamina 15-30(-40) × 6-11(-20) cm, ovate to elliptic, entire, acuminate. Cymes pedunculate, many-flowered, flat-topped, terminal. Calyx 5-6 mm; lobes broadly elliptic. Corolla 1.6-2 cm across, stellate to pentagonal, violet-blue. Anthers 2.6-3 mm, pale yellow. Berry c.1.5 cm, spherical, dull yellow.
Notes: An early coloniser of cleared areas in the Vumba; however, it is eventually shaded out by the redeveloping forest.In leaf, it is superficially similar to Vernonia myriantha. See that species for information on how to separate them.
Derivation of specific name: mauritianum: from Mauritius although this species is not indigenous to Mauritius.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Origin uncertain, possibly South American or Asian, now well naturalised throughout the tropics and in some temperate countries as well
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Insects associated with this species: Coeliades forestan forestan (Food plant)
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Image last updated: Saturday 23 September 2006
Literature:

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 86 - 88. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Solanum mauritianum
Flora of Caprivi: Solanum mauritianum
Flora of Malawi: Solanum mauritianum
Flora of Mozambique: Solanum mauritianum
Flora of Zambia: Solanum mauritianum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Solanum mauritianum

External websites:

African Plant Database: Solanum mauritianum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Solanum mauritianum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Solanum mauritianum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Solanum mauritianum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Solanum mauritianum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Solanum mauritianum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Solanum mauritianum
Ispot Southern Africa : Solanum mauritianum
JSTOR Plant Science: Solanum mauritianum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Solanum mauritianum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Solanum mauritianum
Tropicos: Solanum mauritianum
West African Plants database: Solanum mauritianum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Solanum mauritianum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=150690, retrieved 3 December 2016

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