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  1. Family: Solanaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Solanum L.
      1. Solanum quitoense Lam.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Costa Rica to Venezuela and Peru, Galápagos. It is used to treat unspecified medicinal disorders and for food.


    The Useful Plants of Boyacá project

    Alt. 100 - 2600 m.
    Native and cultivated in Colombia.
    Not Evaluated.
    Subshrub or shrub.

    Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

    Nativa y cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 100 - 2600 m.; Andes, Orinoquia, Pacífico, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
    Subarbusto, arbusto
    No Evaluada
    Infructescences - Used to make juices (National Research Council 1975). Food (Pérez Arbeláez 1996).
    Unspecified Medicinal Disorders
    Medicinal (State of the World's Plants 2016, Instituto Humboldt 2014).



    Native to:

    Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galápagos, Panamá, Peru, Venezuela

    Introduced into:

    Cuba, Jawa, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico


    Common Names

    Lulo, naranjillo, toronja, naranjilla, maschactie.

    Other Data

    Solanum quitoense Lam. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1986 Silva, N.T. [60652], Brazil K001058540
    Grubb, P.J. [595], Colombia K001165454
    Grubb, P.J. [595], Colombia K001165458
    Schultes, R.E. [7616], Colombia K001165455
    Matthew [808], Peru K001165464
    Krapovickas, A. [42090], Brazil K001058542
    Spruce, R. [s.n.], Ecuador K000201937
    Thomas, S. [30/1], Ecuador K001165461
    Sinclair [s.n.], Colombia K001165469
    Bernardi [20], Venezuela K001165460
    Hugh-Jones, D.L. [114], Colombia K001165456
    Kisena [565], Tanzania K001169877
    Kisena [565], Tanzania K001169878
    Kisena [203], Tanzania K001169879
    s.coll [H2990/67], United Kingdom K001169870
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001169872
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001169873
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001169874
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001169875
    s.coll [203], Tanzania K001169876
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001165457
    s.coll [s.n.] K001165463
    s.coll [1071], Ecuador K001165465
    s.coll [84], Peru K001165466
    s.coll [543] K001165467
    s.coll [543] K001165468
    s.coll [89], United Kingdom K001165470
    Banks [s.n.] K001165462
    Thomas, S.M. [30/1], Ecuador K001169868
    Thomas, S.M. [30/1], Ecuador K001169869
    Thomas, S.M. [32], Colombia K001165459
    Glaziou [9548], Brazil K001058541
    Jones, K. [61873], United Kingdom K001169871
    Hutchison, P.C. [632805], Colombia Solanum quitense K001169867


    First published in Tabl. Encycl. 2: 16

    Accepted by

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


    Useful Plants of Boyacá Project

    • Kew Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) in The State of the World’s Plants Report–2016. (2016). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew https://stateoftheworldsplants.or
    • Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humbodlt (2014). Plantas alimenticias y medicinales nativas de Colombia. 2567 registros, aportados por: Castellanos, C. (Contacto del recurso), Valderrama, N. (Creador del recurso, Autor), Castro, C. (Proveedor de metadatos), Bernal, Y. (Autor), García, N. (Autor). Versión 11.0.
    • Florez-Cárdenas, G., Núñez-Izquierdo, O. L., Núñez-Izquierdo, M. M., Ramírez-Mesa, M., & Zusunaga-Quintana, J. A. (2010). 100 Plantas útiles del páramo del Rabanal: Guía para comunidades rurales. Bogotá: Instituto Alexander von Humboldt - CAR - Corpoboyac
    • National Research Council (US). Panel on Underexploited Tropical Plants with Promising Economic Value, & United States. Agency for International Development. Office of Science. (1975). Underexploited Tropical Plants with Promising Economic Value: Report of an Ad Hoc Panel of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation, Board on Science and Technology for International Development, Commission on International Relations (Vol. 16). National Academies.


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