Solanum melissarum

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Solanum melissarum
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. melissarum
Binomial name
Solanum melissarum
Bohs

Solanum melissarum (syn. Cyphomandra divaricata)[2] is a small tree or shrub in the flowering plant family Solanaceae endemic to Brazil.[3]

Description[edit]

Solanum melissarum, flower and flower buds

A small tree, from 1 to 6 metres high, usually with a single trunk. The crown of light branches carries simple, unlobed leaves. The flowering inflorescence is from 5 cm to 30 cm long, and carries 4 to 20 long, narrow flower buds. The narrow, slightly membranous flower petal are green-white. The petals curve upward at first opening, and become lax as the flower ages. The anthers are at first purple, changing to yellow-orange with age.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Solanum melissarum. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 August 2007.
  2. ^ Bohs, Lynn (1995). "Transfer of Cyphomandra (Solanaceae) and its species to Solanum". Taxon (44:): 583–587. 
  3. ^ Bohs, Lynn (1994). "Cyphomandra (Solanaceae)". Flora Neotropica. Monograph 63 (New York Botanical Garden): 75–77. 
  4. ^ Bohs, Lynn (1994). "Cyphomandra (Solanaceae)". Flora Neotropica. Monograph 63 ((New York Botanical Garden)): 75–77.