Solanum viarum Dunal

 
  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (NIGHTSHADE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Solanum khasianum var. chatterjeeanum Sengupta
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Solanum viarum Dunal
  • Common name : Tropical soda apple
  • Vernacular name : Mullukathri (Tamil); Bheji baigan, Denga bheji (Oria); Kandakarichunda (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Waste places, foothills of degrded Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Occasional on hills above 1400m.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : East Godavari district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Kannur district, Wayanad district, Thrissur district
    • Odisha : Kandhamal district, Kalhandi district, Koraput district, Gajapati district, Ganjam district, Mayurbhanj district
    • Tamil Nadu : Madurai district, Namakkal district, Salem district, Tiruchirapalli district, Dindigul district, Vellore district, Dharmapuri district, Sivaganga district, Villipuram district, Tiruvannamalai district, Theni district
  • Native : South America
  • World Distribution : Naturalized in Tropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; 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; Ravichandran V personal observation 2014 July
  • 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=Solanum viarum. Downloaded on 17 November 2019.

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