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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya.


Solanaceae, Jennifer M Edmonds. Oliganthes, Melongena & Monodolichopus, Maria S. Vorontsova & Sandra Knapp. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2012

Type: Kenya, Meru District, Igembe, Kangeta, Nyambeni Forest, Vorontsova, Ficinski, Kirika, Muthoka & Muroki 196 (EA!, holo.; BM!, MO!, K!, NY!, iso.)
Prostrate or climbing shrub to 4 m, heavily armed; young stems sparsely stellatepubescent with trichomes porrect, orange-translucent, sessile, rays 6–8, 0.1–0.15 mm, midpoints usually 0.5–1 mm; prickles curved, 1.5–3 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide at base, round or flattened
Leaf blades drying concolorous to weakly discolorous, yellow-green to green-brown, elliptic, 6–14 × 4.5–9 cm, ± 2 times longer than wide, base cuneate, often oblique, margin lobed, the lobes 2–5 on each side, deltate, 1–1.7 cm long, acuminate and extending 1/4–1/3 of the distance to the midvein, apex acuminate; sparsely stellate-pubescent on both sides with trichomes on abaxial surface porrect, sessile, rays ± 8, 0.1–0.25 mm, midpoints 0.3–1 mm, trichomes of adaxial surface smaller with midpoints elongated to 1 mm; primary veins 3–5 pairs; petiole 1.2–6 cm, 1/4–1/2 of the leaf length
Inflorescences not branched, 2–3 cm long, with 1–4 flowers; peduncle 0–5 mm long; rachis 0–0.8 cm long; peduncle and rachis unarmed or with up to 5 prickles; pedicels 0.9–1.3 cm long in flower, in fruit 2.5–3.5 cm long, with 2–10 prickles
Flowers heterostylous, only 1–2 long-styled, 5- merous
Calyx 3–4 mm long, the lobes deltate, 1–2 mm long, acuminate, unarmed or with up to 10 prickles
Corolla white, 1.3–1.6 cm in diameter, lobed for 2/3–3/4 of its length, lobes deltate, 5–6.5 × 2.5–3.5 mm
Stamens equal; anthers 4–4.5 mm
Ovary with a few stellate trichomes; style 5.5–7.5 mm long on long-styled flowers
Berries 1(–2) per infructescence, striped when young, orange at maturity, spherical, 20–25 mm in diameter; fruiting calyx unarmed or with up to 10 prickles
Seeds 5.5–6 × ± 4.5 mm
Moist montane forest understorey, CrotonBrachylaenaCalodendrum and Ocotea forests; 1800–2500 m
Specimens of S. agnewiorum look deceptively similar to the common and hypervariable S. anguivi Lam. as its distinguishing characters in the fruit are easily overlooked due to scarcity of fruiting material. Solanum agnewiorum differs from S. anguivi by its climbing habit, prickles always curved, leaf lobes acuminate, 1–4 flowers and 1–2 fruits per inflorescence, fruits 20–25 mm diameter, and seeds 5.5–6 mm diameter.
Range: Not known elsewhere Flora districts: K4

Native to:


Solanum agnewiorum Voronts. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Hepper, F.N. [4923], Kenya K001156754
Polhill [455], Kenya K001156756
Verdcourt [2993], Kenya K001156755

First published in Phytotaxa 10: 32 (2010)

Accepted by

  • PBI Solanum Project (2014-continuously updated). Solanaceae Source: a global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Phytotaxa 10: 32 (2010).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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