Solanum seaforthianum Andrews

  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (Nightshade Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BAINGAN FAMILY (बैंगन फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : SOLANACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Solanum seaforthianum Andrews
  • Common name : The Potato Creeper, Brazilian Nightshade, Italian Jasmine, St. Vincent Lilac
  • Vernacular name : Thoongumasu (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climbing shrub
  • Habitat : Degraded evergreen and moist deciduous forests
  • Comments / notes : Commonly seen as a hedge plant around estates and also grown in gardens.
  • Flower, Fruit : July-February
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Kadapa district, Kurnool district, Chittoor district, Prakasam district
    • Karnataka : Ballari district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Palakkad district, Idukki district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Madurai district, Namakkal district, Salem district, Tiruchirapalli district, Vellore district, Villipuram district, Dindigul district, Sivaganga district
  • Native : Brazil
  • World Distribution : Widely naturalised
  • 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; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; 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. seaforthianum. Downloaded on 22 January 2022.

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