Solanum giganteum Jacq.

 
  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (Nightshade Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BAINGAN FAMILY (बैंगन फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : SOLANACEAE
  • Synonym(s) : Solanum niveum Vahl
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Solanum giganteum Jacq.
  • Vernacular name : Kantua (Oria); Putharichunda, Saambal kilurai (Tamil); Cheruchunda (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Semi-evergreen, evergreen and moist deciduous forests
  • Comments / notes : Occasional on hills above 1300m, on slopes, by thickets, shola borders etc.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Vishakapatnam district, East Godavari district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district
    • Tamil Nadu : Namakkal district, Vellore district, Salem district, Dharmapuri district, Dindigul district, Coimbatore district, Villipuram district, Tiruvannamalai district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Tropical Africa
  • 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; Prakasa Rao, J et al (2015). Tree additions to the flora of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India. JoTT. 7 (12):7953-7957; 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=Solanum giganteum. Downloaded on 1 December 2022.

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