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  1. Family: Solanaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Solanum L.
      1. Solanum runsoriense C.H.Wright

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


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

    Type: Uganda, Ruwenzori Mts, Doggett s.n. (K!, holo.)
    Scrambling or creeping shrub or liana, vine or herb, reaching 10 m in height, often using other vegetation as support;
    Stems woody basally or herbaceous, often purplish, usually angulate, often lenticellate; all parts densely (when ochraceous) to moderately pubescent with mixture of simple and complexely branched (but not stellate) hairs up to 1.5 mm long, or glabrescent with only scattered and usually simple long hairs
    Leaves alternate, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, rarely ovate, membranaceous to coriaceous, dark green above, if pubescent mealy and yellow/green below, (4–)5.6–12 × 2.5–6 cm, bases cordate to cuneate and decurrent, margins entire, apices acute to acuminate; venation often prominent, surfaces pubescent above with pilose margins, glabrescent; pubescent and ochraceous on lower surfaces, with hairs branched and thicker on veins and midribs; domatia usually present; petioles 1–4 cm long, often twisted or curved to facilitate climbing and subtended by two small ovate leaves
    Inflorescences subterminal, multiply branched (candelabra-like), lax panicles with umbellate fascicles of 2–3(–5) flowers, often pendulous, (7–)10–28 cm long, 20–80+-flowered; peduncles (1–)2–7.5 cm long often becoming woody; pedicels erect, 0.5–3 cm long in flower, up to 2.5 cm long and expanded beneath calyx in fruit; axes densely tomentose/ochraceous to glabrous, hairs complexely branched and often in clumps
    Calyx campanulate, 3.5–8 mm long, often tinged purple, pubescent and ochraceous with short branched hairs or glabrescent externally; lobes narrowly triangular to lanceolate, sometimes unequal, 1.5–5 × 1.5–3 mm, acute, apices often reflexed, usually with apical tufts of hairs; becoming adherent/accrescent in fruit when 3–6 × 2–4 mm
    Corolla purple, lilac or blue, rarely whitish, with greenish basal star, rotate/stellate to stellate, 1.8–3(–4) cm diameter, tube 1–2.5(–3) mm long; lobes broadly to narrowly triangular, 3.5–12 × 3.5–8 mm, pubescent externally with short usually branched hairs, semi-reflexed to lateral exposing androecium after anthesis
    Stamens often unequal with one longer; filaments free for 1–3.5 mm, pubescent to glabrescent; anthers yellow to yelloworange with orange-brown apices, 2.5–4 × 1–1.5 mm, free
    Ovary whitish, 1–1.5 × 0.8–1 mm, glabrous, bilocular; style straight, white, glabrous, included when 2.5–4.5 mm long or exserted to 3.5 mm when 6–9.5 × 0.2–0.4 mm; stigma green, usually clavate, sometimes capitate, bilobed or clasping, 0.3–0.4 × 0.3–0.8 mm
    Fruit smooth, black, globose to ovoid with coriaceous pericarp, 5–9 mm diameter
    Seeds up to 8–18 per berry, light to dark brown, orbicular to discoid, 2.2–3.5 × 1.8–2.9 mm, often angled, foveolate; sclerotic granules absent.
    Several authors including Polhill (1961), Jaeger (1985), Hepper & Jaeger (1986) and Beentje (1994) suggested that this taxon is composed of two subspecies. Specimens from NE Africa confirmed these observations and showed that these can be differentiated by their indumentum and geographical distributions.



    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Accepted Infraspecifics


    Other Data

    Solanum runsoriense C.H.Wright appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 2014 Eggeling, W.J. [3792], Uganda K000788710
    Feb 1, 2014 Tothill, B.H. [2260], Uganda K000788709
    Feb 1, 2014 Bytebier, B. [28], Kenya K000788717
    Feb 1, 2014 James, E. [s.n.], Kenya K000788713
    Feb 1, 2014 Fyffe, R. [20], Uganda K000788716
    Feb 1, 2014 Liebenberg, L.C.C. [1637], Uganda K000788708
    Feb 1, 2014 Sheil, D. [1813], Uganda K000788712
    Feb 1, 2014 Smeds, H. [394], Ethiopia K000788676
    Feb 1, 2014 Lye, K. [1340], Uganda K000788707
    Feb 1, 2014 Purseglove, J.W. [P315], Uganda K000788702
    Feb 1, 2014 Routledge, W.S. [s.n.], Kenya K000788701
    Feb 1, 2014 ? [587], Uganda K000788711
    Feb 1, 2014 Samdy, ? [14], Uganda K000788705
    Feb 1, 2014 Fishlock, ? [43], Uganda K000788706
    Jun 1, 2007 Napier, E.R. [5130], Kenya K000788704
    Jul 1, 1961 Polhill, R.M. [250], Kenya K000788714
    Apr 1, 1960 Adamson, J. [543], Kenya K000788715
    Gilbert, M.G. [1098], Ethiopia K000788694
    Thomas, A.S. [Th767] K000788718
    Ash, J.W. [1299], Ethiopia K000788679
    Doggett, W.G. [s.n.], Uganda K000413988
    Kerfoot, O. [2000], Kenya K000788719
    Kendall, R. [25], Uganda K000788703


    First published in Uganda Prot. 1: 326 (1902)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Bothalia 25: 50 (1995).
    • Solanaceae Biol. & Syst.: 45 (1986)
    • Jaeger, Syst. studies Solanum in Africa: 285 (1985, ined.)
    • E.J. 54: 486 (1917)
    • F.T.A. 4, 2: 212 (1906)
    • Johnston, Uganda Protectorate, 1: 362 (1902)


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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