Solanum betaceum Cav.

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Solanum betaceum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Solanum betaceum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Solanum betaceum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Solanum betaceum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cyphomandra betacea (Cav.) Sendtn.
Common names: Tamarillo (English) Tree tomato (English)
Frequency: A local escape in the E Highlands
Status: Introduced; native of S America
Description:
Soft-wooded small tree up to c. 3 m, cultivated in gardens for its edible fruit and occasionally escaping in the E Highlands. Leaves large, ovate, up to 30 cm long, cordate at the base, Flowers in branched inflorescences, pale pinkish; corolla lobes long and narrow, with a waxy texture. Fruit pendent, ovoid, dark red, tomato-like.
Notes: Cultivated in gardens for its edible fruit and occasionally escaping in the E Highlands.

The fruit is used raw in salads, for jam and chutney or added to stews and curries.
Derivation of specific name: betaceum: of the beet, beet-like
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Worldwide distribution: S America
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 June 2008
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Solanum betaceum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150800, retrieved 21 December 2014

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