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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Mexico to Tropical America.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


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

Morphology General Habit
Lianas, climbing shrubs or epiphytes
Morphology Stem
Stems usually glabrous to pubescent, with fissured bark
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, coriaceous, with simple or branched eglandular hairs, glandular-headed hairs also usually present
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1- to few-flowered clusters on stout woody pedicels at ends of branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers terminal, large and conspicuous, often fragrant, slightly zygomorphic, borne on stout pedicels
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyces tubular, usually zygomorphic, 2- or 5- irregularly lobed, sometimes 3-keeled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla infundibuliform or cyathiform with basal cylindrical tube; lobes 5, overlapping in bud, short and round, entire or laciniate, usually recurved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, subequal, exserted or included, inserted on lower half of corolla tube; filaments slender, curved, fused to corolla tube, glabrous throughout or pubescent at the point of corolla fusion; anthers basifixed, longitudinally dehiscent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style slender, declinate, exserted or barely included, glabrous; stigma globular, bilobed, small
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 2-carpellate, 4-locular, each locule with numerous ovules, partly inferior; with well-developed ovarian nectary wall
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berries conical to ovoid, leathery; calyx persisting and splitting in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds compressed, discoidal or reniform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Embryo
Embryo curved, not compressed
The species are widely cultivated for their spectacular flowers in tropical gardens and in glasshouses throughout the world.

Native to:

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Southwest Caribbean, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela

Introduced into:

Canary Is., Caroline Is., Cook Is., Fiji, Mauritius, Morocco, Norfolk Is., Rwanda, Spain, Zaïre

Solandra Sw. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Teixeira, L.O.A. [412], Brazil K001073113
Glaziou [17721 a], Brazil K001073114

First published in Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Handl. 8: 300 (1787)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 60: 675–680 (1973);
  • Biol. & Tax. Solanaceae: 64–65 (1979);
  • DC., Prodr. 13(1): 533 (1852);
  • Gen. Solanaceae: 353–356 (2001), nom. conserv.
  • K. Vetensk.-Acad. Handl. Stockholm 8: 300–306 (1787);
  • Nord. J. Bot. 7: 639–652 (1987);

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001073113

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.