Witheringia solanacea L'Her.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower
Fruit
Fruit



Identification
  - herb in pastures
  - leaves paired with dense soft hairs
  - flowers pale yellow with green spots at base
  - fruit bright orange, round, 6-10 mm

Description: A weak shrub, reproductive at 0.5 m, rarely reaching 5 m; leaves paired, soft pubescent with simple hairs, dull green above; flowers yellow-green with darker green spots in basal half; fruit 7-12 mm, a bright red, juicy berry.

Similar species
Witheringia maculata
Witheringia meiantha

Local distribution: Pacific slope at 600 to 1500 m.

Species range: Mexico to Bolivia

Habitat: Pasture, over grown roadside, forest edge, stream margins, rarely inside mature forest.

Herbivores
Ithomia patilla

Phenology: Flower: apr-jun. Fruit: apr-may. Flowers and fruits present most of year, but more abundant in wet season.

Pollinators: Small bees

Seed dispersers: Birds

Comments: The leaves often have pale gray patches, apparently from a disease. Often at the edge of forest/pasture in intermittent shade.



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