Solanum pertenue Standl. & C.V. Morton
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower
Flowering habit
Flowering habit
Fruit
Fruit



Identification
  - understory treelet to 2 m tall
  - leaves held in a plane, wavy margins, pubescent on veins below
  - small white flowers on slender 15-20 mm pedicels
  - globose yellow-green fruit on long pedicel and short infructescence

Description: Shrub or treelet mature at 1-2 m; twigs round, rarely with fine ridges, minute erect pubescence, nodes swollen; leaves mostly solitary, distichous, petiole 8-10 mm, blade lanceolate to elliptic, apex acuminate, base acute, margin undulate, texture thin, veins with persistent short erect pubescence below, midvein keeled above, lateral veins 7-10, expressed finely above, strongly below, weakly bullate, odor weak; inflorescence 3-10 mm, unbranched; flower 7-10 mm, white with yellow anthers, pedicel 15-18 mm, very slender at base and widening gradually to apex; fruit gobose, 15 mm, yellow-green when mature; about 20 seeds per fruit, seed 4-5 mm x 3-4 mm x 2 mm, light green with a leathery coat.

Similar species
Solanum pastillum
Solanum ramonense
Solanum tuerckheimii

Local distribution: Wet forest and lower cloud forest on Pacific slope at 1400-1550 m.

Species range: Nicaragua to Panama

Habitat: Open understory of primary forest, understory of secondary forest, bordering forest trails and gaps.

Herbivores
Pteronymia simplex

Phenology: Flower: feb-mar, jun-nov. Fruit: oct-jan, jul.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Bats?



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