Lycianthes rantonnetii (Carrière) Bitter

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Lycianthes rantonnetii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushbaby Lodge, Cromlet Road, Arcturus

Lycianthes rantonnetii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushbaby Lodge, Cromlet Road, Arcturus

Lycianthes rantonnetii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushbaby Lodge, Cromlet Road, Arcturus

Lycianthes rantonnetii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushbaby Lodge, Cromlet Road, Arcturus

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Synonyms: Solanum rantonnetii Carrière
Common names: Blue potato bush (English) Blue solanum shrub (English) Paraguay nightshade (English)
Description: Shrub to 3 m tall and up to 2 m across. Stems prominently angled. Leaves entire or slightly sinuate, acuminate. Flowers in axillary or terminal few-flowered fascicles. Pedicels articulated near the base. Calyx truncate with 1-5 small apical teeth. Corolla deep violet-blue or purple-blue or pink, with a yellow throat. Berry red, 2-3.5 cm across, heart-shaped.
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Worldwide distribution: c. 200 species, in moist tropical regions, mainly in America but also in Asia and Australia.
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Content last updated: Sunday 15 January 2017
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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Lycianthes rantonnetii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Lycianthes rantonnetii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=165380, retrieved 22 September 2019

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