Lycianthes amatitlanensis (J. M. Coult. & Donn. Sm.) Bitter
SolanaceaePotato Family


  - 0.5-1 m shrub in shade
  - paired hairy leaves in a plane
  - 10 thread-like calyx lobes
  - round, red berries

Description: Shrub, mature at 0.5-1.5 m; twigs somewhat zig-zag, with dense long simple hairs, nodes swollen; leaves distichous, paired, with sparse, appressed, long white hairs above and below, petiole 5-8 mm, blade to 4 x 11 cm, minor leaf to 2 x 4 cm, narrowly elliptic, very asymmetric, apex acuminate, base acute and unequal, bullate, midvein and lateral veins expressed above, lateral veins 9-12, loop-connected; inflorescence less than 1 mm with flowers almost sessile, arising between leaf pairs; flowers with pedicel to 30 mm, calyx with long simple hairs, 10 linear appendages, corolla white; fruit a shiny red berry to 9 mm wide x 7 mm long; seeds dark orange-brown, 1 x 1.3 mm, subtriangular and irregularly compressed, surface minutely textured.

Similar species
Solanum arboreum

Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1300-1600 m (premontane wet forest to leeward cloud forest).

Species range: Mexico to Peru

Habitat: Shaded trails and stream margins in primary and secondary forest. More shade tolerant than most species of the family.

Ithomia heraldica(not confirmed)

Phenology: Flower: mar-may. Fruit: may-jun.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Birds

Credits: Images and text copyright 2002-2006 by William A. Haber,