Solanum tuerckheimii Greenm.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower
Fruiting habit
Fruiting habit



Identification
  - 1 to 2 m shrub with slender twigs
  - bark reddish and cracking longitudinally
  - paired glabrous leaves
  - small white fowers with yellow anthers
  - yellow-green globose fruit

Description: Shrub, to 2 m; stem bark cracking and pealing in red strips; leaves solitary or paired, glabrous, to 5 x 10 cm, elliptic to obovate, acute, base acute to obtuse; inflorescence arising at node, 1-3 cm, unbranched; flower with calyx lobes triangular, corolla 10 mm across, lobes 5 mm long, pale green, anthers yellow; fruit to 15 mm, globose, yellow-green when mature.

Similar species
Solanum pastillum
Solanum ramonense

Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1000-1450 m.

Species range: Mexico to Costa Rica

Habitat: Understory and gaps in premontane wet forest.

Herbivores
Pteronymia notilla
Pteronymia simplex

Phenology: Flower: may-aug. Fruit: aug-oct.

Pollinators: Small bees

Seed dispersers: Bats



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