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  1. Family: Solanaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Solanum L.
      1. Solanum hastifolium Hochst. ex Dunal

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa.


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

    Type: Sudan, Mt Cordofan, Arasch-Cool, Kotschy 393 (P00344017! lecto, designated here [see note]; B, BM!, GOET!, K!, M, P!, W, WRSL, isolecto.)
    Erect or sometimes scandent woody subshrub, 0.3–1(–1.5) m, young stems sparsely to densely stellate-pubescent, trichomes porrect, translucent, sessile or shortly stalked, stalks up to 0.1 mm, rays 5–8, 0.1–0.3 mm, midpoints same length as rays or shorter; prickles hooked to almost straight, reflexed or curved downwards, 1–4 mm long, 0.5–3.5 mm wide at base
    Leaf blades drying concolorous, yellow-green, ovate to lanceolate, 2.5–6.5 × 0.8–2.5 cm, 2–4 times longer than wide, base obtuse to cuneate(truncate), usually equal, margin lobed, the broadly rounded lobes 2–4 on each side, 0–10 mm long, extending up to 2/3 of the distance to the midvein, apex acute to obtuse; moderately to sparsely stellate-pubescent, trichomes on abaxial surface porrect, sessile or shortly stalked, stalks to 0.1 mm, rays 4–8, 0.1–0.4 mm, midpoints reduced or same length as rays, adaxially with fewer shorter rays; primary veins 3–4(–5) pairs; petiole 0.6–1.2 cm (–20 cm on basal leaves) 1/3–1/4 of the leaf length
    Inflorescences not branched, 1–3 cm long, with 3–5 flowers; peduncle absent; rachis 0.2–1.5 cm long; peduncle and rachis unarmed; pedicels 0.6–1.5 cm long in flower, in fruit 1.1–1.9 cm long, unarmed
    Flowers perfect, 4-merous or 5-merous
    Calyx 4–6 mm long, the lobes deltate, 2–4.5 mm long, acute to acuminate, unarmed
    Corolla mauve to purple (white), 1.4–2 cm in diameter, lobed for ± 4/5 of its length, the lobes lanceolate to oblong, 6–10 × 1.8–2.5 mm
    Stamens equal; anthers 5–8 mm
    Ovary glabrous or with trichomes towards the apex; style 10–13 mm long
    Berries 1–4 per infructescence, striped when young, red at maturity, spherical, 6–8 mm in diameter
    Seeds 2.8–3.3 × 2–2.8 mm
    Dry Acacia scrub, open places, disturbed vegetation and roadsides on sand, clay, loam and black cotton soil; 200–1700 m
    Solanum hastifolium is a widespread polymorphic weedy species recognised by its lobed leaves, retrorse or recurved prickles, and inflorescences with more than 2 flowers. Solanum hastifolium is closely affiliated with the more local S. taitense and S. setaceum.  The protologue of Solanum hastifolium cites a specimen in „h. Delile“: this may be the sheet P00344017 now held in Paris and annotated with the Prodromus species number; no duplicates of Kotschy 393 were found at MPU and the other specimen at P, P00344018, originates from Hb. Cosson . P00344017 is chosen as the lectotype to fix the application of this name . It is difficult to distinguish Solanum taitense from S. hastifolium reliably as no single character separates all the specimens, but S. hastifolium has the majority of the following: lobed leaves 2.6–6.5 cm long (versus entire to subentire leaves 1.2–3(–3.5) cm long in S. taitense), abundant prickles 1–4 mm long, spaced 3–10 mm apart (versus inconspicuous prickles up to 1(–2) mm long in S. taitense), 3–5 flowers per inflorescence (versus 1–2(–3) flowers per inflorescence in S. taitense), plant sparsely to moderately pubescent (versus S. taitense densely pubescent), and trichomes sessile to shortly stalked (versus stalked trichomes on all vegetative surfaces with inflated trichome stalks on the adaxial side of the leaves in S. taitense). Solanum setaceum can be distinguished by its prominent stem bristles.
    Range: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia Flora districts: U1 K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3



    Native to:

    Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda


    Other Data

    Solanum hastifolium Hochst. ex Dunal appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Apr 1, 2010 Carter, S. [583], Kenya K000441184
    Greenway, P.J. [4288], Tanzania K001157688
    Gillett, J.B. [19190], Kenya K001157651
    Gillett, J.B. [13824], Kenya K001157653
    Gillett, J.B. [12737], Kenya K001157654
    Gillett, J.B. [21172], Kenya K001157657
    Gillett, J.B. [13824], Kenya K001157678
    Bally, P.R.O. [B3708], Kenya K001157667
    Bally, P.R.O. [B10490], Kenya K001157676
    Hepper, F.N. [7243], Kenya K001157659
    Hepper, F.N. [7162], Kenya K001157665
    Hepper, F.N. [6751], Kenya K001157666
    Hepper, F.N. [7179], Kenya K001157669
    Tanner, R. [1340], Tanzania K001157687
    Greenway [4281], Tanzania K001157684
    Polhill [353], Kenya K001157681
    Burtt, B.D. [3518], Tanzania K001157690
    Glover, P.E. [2991], Kenya K001157682
    Williams, J.G. [B5121], Kenya K001157675
    Mathew, B. [6487], Kenya K001157655
    Stannard, B.L. [864-889], Kenya K001157652
    Stannard, B.L. [1040], Kenya K001157662
    Stannard, B.L. [824], Kenya K001157663
    Stannard, B.L. [824], Kenya K001157680
    Wilson, J. [585], Uganda K001157648
    Wilson, J. [369], Kenya K001157672
    Friis, I. [8658], Ethiopia K001156246
    Friis, I. [9628], Ethiopia K001156251
    Friis, I. [8897], Ethiopia K001156252
    Faden, R.B. [74/957], Kenya K001157673
    Carter, S. [484], Kenya K001157660
    Carter, S. [445], Kenya K001157661
    Carter, S. [59], Kenya K001157670
    Schimper [2327a], Ethiopia K000414009
    Brenan, J.P.M. [14713], Uganda K001157650
    Richards, H.M. [25145], Tanzania K001157686
    Bally [B14745], Kenya K001157658
    Kotschy [393], Sudan K000414008
    Kotschy [393], Sudan K000414010
    Kotschy [71], Sudan K000414012
    Kotschy [71], Sudan K000414011
    Kilian, N. [2085], Somalia K001156261
    Kilian, N. [1766], Somalia K001156264
    Liebenberg, L.C.C. [194], Uganda K001157649
    Davis, R.L. [121], Tanzania K001157691
    Newbould, J.G.B. [3616], Kenya K001157656
    Johnston, H. [s.n.], Kenya K001157674
    Welch, J.R. [49], Tanzania K001157683
    Welch, J.R. [49], Tanzania K001157689
    Pfund [330], Sudan K001156241
    Pfund [342], Sudan K001156245
    Pfund, J. [640], Sudan K001156243
    Pfund, J. [643], Sudan K001156244
    Pócs, T. [89043/E], Tanzania K001157685
    Myers [14273], Sudan K001156242
    Symes, Y.E. [530], Uganda K001157647
    Champion, A.M. [T142], Kenya K001157671
    Kimani, Z.J. [280], Kenya K001157664
    Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [7144], Kenya K001157677
    Carr, C.J. [230], Ethiopia K001156256
    s.coll [2045], Tanzania K001157692
    Deshmukh, I. [250], Somalia K001156262
    Kiamba [KEFRI118], Kenya K001157679
    Richards, M.A.E. [24226], Tanzania K001157693
    Tweedie [2070] K001157646
    Dyson-Hudson [216], Uganda K001157645
    Adamson, J.M. [47], Kenya K001157668
    Box, R.D. [255], Tanzania K001157694
    Senni [444], Somalia Solanum cynanchoides K000414007 holotype


    First published in Prodr. 13(1): 284 (1852)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fl. Eth. 5: 132, fig. 158.12.1–2 (2006)
    • Fl. Somalia 3: 214 (2006).
    • K.T.S.L.: 580 (1994)
    • U.K.W.F., 2nd ed.: 243 (1994)
    • T.T.C.L.: 580 (1949)
    • F.T.A. 4, 2: 226 (1906)
    • DC., Prodr. 13(1): 284 (1852)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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