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

Flower
Flower
Flowering habit
Flowering habit



Identification
  - 0.5-1.5 m shrub with swollen nodes
  - leaves paired, glabrous
  - inflorescence opposite leaves
  - small white flowers, 8-9 mm across

Description: Shrubs mature at 0.5-1.5 m; twigs conspicuously swollen, without ridges; leaves paired, glabrous, minor leaves very small and nearly round; inflorescence arising opposite leaves, 2--5 mm long, stiff; flowers with pedicel 5-7 mm, corolla white, 8-9 mm across, lobes 3.5-4 mm long, anthers yellow, blunt, 1.5 mm; fruit to 15 mm, a globose, yellow-green berry .

Similar species
Solanum pastillum
Solanum rovirosanum
Solanum tuerckheimii

Local distribution: Pacific slope at 1400-1600 m (leeward cloud forest).

Species range: Costa and Panama

Habitat: Forest understory, especially where there is extra light.

Herbivores
Pteronymia simplex

Phenology: Flower: jan, may. Fruit: mar, may-jul, nov.

Pollinators: Small bees

Seed dispersers: Bats?

Comments: One of the most shade-tolerant Solanum species, yet reproductive individuals are usually associated with forest gaps or edges. Most common around the information center at the MV Cloud Forest Preserve and the Triangle area.



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