Solanum jamaicense Mill.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Fruiting habit
Fruiting habit

  - shrub of pastures and roadsides with short curved spines.
  - leaves paired, pubescent, with short lateral lobes.
  - fowers small, white with yellow anthers.
  - fruit are small orange berries.

Description: Erect or sprawling shrubs to 3 m tall; armed with short curved spines; leaves paired, subequal, 7-10 cm long, with dense stellate hairs, somewhat rhombic with 2-3 short lateral lobes; flower about 1 cm across, with corolla white, the narrow lobes stellate pubescent externally, yellow anthers; fruit to 1 cm, a globose, red-orange berry.

Similar species
Solanum lanceifolium

Local distribution: Atlantic lowlands up to about 800 m.

Species range: Southern U.S. to South America and Antilles.

Habitat: Overgrown pastures, roadsides, and secondary areas.

Mechanitis polymnia

Phenology: Throughout the year.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Birds

Comments: This species can form dense thickets that are difficult to penetrate because of the sharp spines. It barely reaches the 700 m cutoff for our flora study area at Poco Sol.

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