Lycianthes multiflora Bitter
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower
Fruit
Fruit
Fruiting habit
Fruiting habit



Identification
  - liana of forest edges and gaps
  - white flowers, 2 cm across, corolla lobes fused almost to the tips
  - globose red-orange 2 cm fruit

Description: A woody liana, reproductive at 3 to 10 m; stems to 1.5 cm, without spines; leaves to 9 x 14 cm, seldom paired, sparse soft stellate hairs mostly on veins, ovate to elliptic, apex acuminate, base rounded; inflorescence 1-8 mm, axillary between a leaf and a new twig or at the end of a new twig; flowers with pedicels 7-10 mm, calyx with 10 linear appendages, 3 mm long, corolla white, 2 cm across, lobes fused almost to apex, yellow anthers; fruit 1-2 cm, globose, bright red-orange.

Similar species
Lycianthes furcastistellata
Solanum aturense
Solanum lanceifolium

Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1200-1600 m; also Atlantic slope at 600-1300 m (San Miguel, Refugio Eladio, Las Nubes).

Species range: Belize to Panama

Habitat: Forest edge, large gaps and stream margins in forest.

Herbivores
Ithomia patilla
Napeogenes tolosa
Oleria paula
Oleria vicina
Pteronymia artena

Phenology: Flowers: may-jun, sep-jan. Fruit: apr, jul-oct.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Birds

Comments: A common liana on forest edges on both slopes.



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