Solanum accrescens Standl. & C.V. Morton
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower
Fruit
Fruit



Identification
  - spiny treelet, 2-5 m
  - leaves with small lobes and rusty stellate hairs
  - flower white, lobes free nearly to base
  - fruit with sticky glandular hairs and large calyx

Description: Treelet, 2-5 m, secondary forest and old pasture; spines on stem, twigs, and leaf midvein, rusty pubescent; petiole to 4 cm, blade to 13 x 22 cm, rusty pubescent with stellate hairs, with or without 1-4 tooth-like lobes; inflorescence opposite petiole or internodal; flower with corolla white, 1.5 cm, lobes 13 mm, free nearly to base, stamens yellow, narrowed to tip with small pores, 6 mm, equal; fruit to 15 mm, globose, yellow-green, pubescent with sticky glandular hairs, calyx 16 mm; seed 3-4 mm, kidney-shaped, orange-tan.

Similar species
Solanum chrysotrichum

Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1000-1450 m.

Species range: Nicaragua to Panama, possibly Ecuador

Habitat: Overgrown pastures, forest edge, roadside, coffee plantations.

Herbivores
Hyalyris excelsa
Hypothyris lycaste

Phenology: Flower: jul. Fruit: mar.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Birds or bats



Credits: Images and text copyright 2002-2006 by William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/