- treelet with lobed stem leaves
- pendant inflorescences from branch forks
- purple-blue flowers
- fleshy elliptic fruits
Description: Treelet to 7 m; sympodial growth pattern, leaves alternate, glabrous, ovate to heart-shaped, stem leaves often larger and deeply lobed, strong rank odor; long-lasting pendant inflorescences with 2 cm purple-blue flowers; fruit elliptic to 3 cm, purple with fleshy rind and many seeds.
Local distribution: Atlantic slope from lowlands to about 1200 m; less common on the Pacific slope mostly to the north of Monteverde (Los Llanos to Las Nubes).
Species range: Honduras to Peru
Habitat: Light gaps in primary forest, forest edge, secondary forest.
Phenology: Most of the year, but especially wet season.
Pollinators: Orchid bees (Apidae, Euglossinae)
Seed dispersers: Arboreal mammals
Comments: This species was recently lumped with the genus Solanum as S. circinatum Bohs. Stem leaves tend be to much larger than crown leaves and are often deeply lobed. The distinctive, pendant inflorescences arise at twig divergences, (most Solanum spp. have erect inflorescences). These small trees grow in light gaps and old clearings. The fruit are eaten in Panama.