Solanum aculeatissimum Jacq.

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Solanum aculeatissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Solanum aculeatissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Solanum aculeatissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Solanum aculeatissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Solanum aculeatissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Solanum aculeatissimum Jacq. var. hispidissimum Dunal
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby perennial, up to c. 1.5 m tall. All parts abundantly armed with spines, straw-coloured to yellowish or purplish when young. Leaves broadly ovate to almost round in outline, up to 16 × 19 cm, coarsely toothed to deeply lobed, thinly but conspicuously covered in simple hairs, generally with numerous spines, particularly on the veins. Flowers in few-flowered lateral clusters. Corolla star-shaped, whitish. Fruit 2-3 cm in diameter, spherical, striped or marbled green and creamy-white, turning dirty yellow when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aculeatissimum: extremely prickly
Habitat: Along the margins of forest and in the ecotone between forest and grassland, along road sides, plantations and in disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Probably native to Southern Africa but now widespread throughout Tropical Africa. Also introduced in Paraguay, Brazil and Mexico.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 June 2008
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 272.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 106.


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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: Species information: Solanum aculeatissimum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150580, retrieved 26 June 2016

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