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Solanum seaforthianum Andrews

Family Name: Solanaceae
Common Name: Brazilian Nightshade, Blue Potato Vine
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Climber, Vine and Liana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Climbing or scrambling vine.
Flowers The star-shaped, blue or purple flowers are arranged in large branched, drooping clusters of 10-50 flowers and located in the leaf axils (the area between the upper surface of the leaf and stem).
Fruits The fruit is a small, round berry (8-12 mm wide) which turns bright red at maturity and contains many seeds (2-3 mm long). The fruit is toxic upon ingestion to people.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Blue, Purple
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Stellate / Star-shaped
Flower Size - Width 2.5 cm

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Red
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Fleshy Fruit
Mature Seed Colour(s) Black
Seed Description Flattened

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Master ID 33599
Species ID 8013
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.