Solanum umbellatum Mill.
SolanaceaePotato Family

Flowering habit
Flowering habit

  - 1.5-5 m treelet, no spines
  - narrow elliptic leaves, no lobes, dense stellate hairs
  - 1 cm white flowers on erect inflorescence

Description: Shrub or treelet to 5 m; densley pubescent with soft stellate hairs; leaves narrowly elliptic with long petioles, not lobed, mostly not paired; 1 cm white flowers with yellow anthers; flowers and fruits on erect inflorescences held above the foliage; fruit to 1.5 cm, a globose dull yellow berry.

Similar species
Solanum chrysotrichum
Solanum cordovense

Local distribution: Pacific slope wet forest at 1300 to 1500 m, not entering cloud forest.

Species range: Mexico to South America

Habitat: Roadsides and abandoned pastures.

Dircenna klugii
Dircenna relata

Phenology: Flower: most of year (jan-feb, jul-aug, oct). Fruit: soon after flowering.

Pollinators: Bees

Seed dispersers: Bats

Comments: A common weedy treelet in pastures from 1350-1550 m on the Pacific slope. Easy to recognize when fertile by the erect inflorescences.

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