Solanum lanceolatum Cav.
SolanaceaePotato Family


  - leaves with shallow, tooth-like lobes
  - dense wooly white stellate hairs on leaf underside
  - flowers pale blue with yellow-orange anthers
  - globose orange fruit

Description: Shrub, maturing at 0.5-2 m tall, short stout spines on stem and branches; leaves paired, stem leaves often much larger and deeply lobed, upper leaves averaging 8 x 12 cm, elliptic, not conspicuously lobed, densely coated below with white stellate hairs; inflorescences internodal, usually forked 1-1.5 cm above base; flowers pale blue, 20-25 mm across, anthers yellow to orange, 6-8 mm, tapering, fruit a globose berry to 2 cm, green to dull yellow to orange at maturity.

Similar species
Solanum chrysotrichum

Local distribution: Dry Pacific slope below Monteverde, San Luis valley, along road from Santa Elena to Highway, 800-1000 m. Premontane moist and Premontane wet forest life zones.

Species range: Mexico to South America

Habitat: Overgrown pastures and roadsides.

Mechanitis polymnia

Phenology: Flower: jan-mar, jun-aug, oct. Fruit: may-jul.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Bats, birds

Comments: This species was called Solanum hartwegii in the past.

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