Solanum rovirosanum Donn. Sm.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flower
Flower
Flowering habit
Flowering habit
Fruit
Fruit



Identification
  - treelet to 7 m tall without spines
  - large paired glabrous leaves
  - white flowers on short axillary inflorescences
  - dull yellow-green fruit

Description: A treelet to 7 m, without spines; leaves paired, petiole to 4 cm, blade to 12 x 35 cm, glabrous, oblanceolate to elliptic, usually widest beyond the middle, often asymmetric,apex acute, base acute,midveins and lateral veins expressed above, lateral veins 10-14, tertiary veins impressed above; inflorescences short, 1-4 cm, opposite the major leaf; flowers to 15 mm across, corolla white, anthers yellow; fruit subglobose, to 18 mm long, yellow-green, glabrous, seeds bean-shaped, not flat.

Similar species
Solanum arboreum
Solanum brenesii

Local distribution: Atlantic slope from lowlands up to 1400m; Pacific slope wet forest from 900 to 1500m.

Species range: Mexico to Ecuador

Habitat: Light gaps and stream margins in mature forest, secondary forest, forest edge, clearings.

Herbivores
Pteronymia agalla
Pteronymia simplex

Phenology: Flower: feb-may (most of year). Fruit: feb, apr-dec (most of year).

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Bats, and possibly certain birds.

Comments: Sometimes lumped with the distinctive Solaum brenesii.



Credits: Images and text copyright 2002-2006 by William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/