Cyphomandra betacea (Cav.) Sendtn.

 
  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (NIGHTSHADE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Basionym : Solanum betaceum Cav.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Common name : Tomarillo, Tree tomato
  • Vernacular name : Maraththakkali (Tamil); Seemakkathiri, Marathakkali (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Planted in gardens, Hilly regions
  • Comments / notes : Planted, runs wild in low altitude sholas and exposed areas
  • Flower, Fruit : February-April
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Idukki district
    • Tamil Nadu : Yercaud (Salem district)
  • Native : South America
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in most parts of the world.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Cyphomandra betacea. Downloaded on 18 November 2019.

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