Lycianthes synanthera (Sendtn.) Bitter
SolanaceaePotato Family


  - large hemi-epiphyte
  - leaves paired, glabrous
  - flowers lavender with recurved lobes
  - fruit a yellow berry

Description: Woody hemi-epiphyte with branches to 3 m; leaves paired, glabrous; flowers sessile in leaf axils, few to numerous, calyx cup-like, 4 mm, without lobes, corolla lavender-blue, anthers yellow; fruit to 6 mm long x 10 mm diameter, yellow when mature.

Similar species
Lycianthes sanctaeclarae

Local distribution: From 800-1500 m on Pacific slope (common at 1400-1500 m); rare on Atlantic slope (1200-1600 m).

Species range: Mexico to Peru

Habitat: Forest canopy and in pasture trees.

Oleria vicina
Pteronymia artena
Pteronymia fulvimargo

Phenology: Flower: may-jun, sep. Fruit: sep.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Birds

Comments: The attractive flowers produce a very pleasant fragrance. These are often common epiphytes on the trunks of trees in pastures below the level of the cloud forest.

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