Solanum lanceifolium Jacq.

First published in Collectanea 2: 286 (1789)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Florida to Caribbean, Mexico to Venezuela. It is a subshrub or climbing shrub. It is used as a medicine and for food.


Biogeografic region: Andean, Caribbean, Pacific. Elevation range: 0–1600 m a.s.l. Native to Colombia. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Cauca, Cesar, Cundinamarca, Guaviare, La Guajira, Magdalena, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Quindío, San Andrés y Providencia, Tolima, Valle del Cauca.
National Red List of Colombia (2021): Potential LC.
Subshrub, Liana.
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, savanna, shrubland, wetlands (inland), artificial - terrestrial.

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 en Colombia; Alt. 0 - 1600 m.; Andes, Islas Caribeñas, Llanura del Caribe, Pacífico, Valle del Cauca, Valle del Magdalena.
Morphology General Habit
Subarbusto, liana
No Evaluada

George R. Proctor (2012). Flora of the Cayman Isands (Second Edition). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Morphology General Habit
A very prickly scrambling or scandent shrub with stems up to 4 m long, more or less stellate-tomentose throughout; spines short, rather thick and recurved, 1–5 mm long, scattered on stems, petioles and midribs of the leaves beneath; leaves lanceolate to ovate, 4–20 cm long, petiolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a contracted cymose raceme usually less than 6 cm long; pedicels 6–12 mm long, elongating in fruit; calyx 1–2 mm long, enlarging in fruit to 3–5 mm; corolla white, with very short tube and narrow strap-like lobes 7–12 mm long, stellate-pubescent on the outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berries red or orange, 8–10 mm in diameter.
Grand Cayman. Cuba, Hispaniola, Tortola and the Lesser Antilles, appearing to intergrade with a series of other species in Central and S. America, where it is a noxious weed.
The Cayman plants were collected in moist swales near George Town.
Other species of Solanum may yet be recorded from the Cayman Islands, including S. erianthum D. Don. In view of their ranges, the apparent absence of these species from Cayman is surprising.

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia.



Use Food
Used for food.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.


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