Lycianthes rantonnetii

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Lycianthes rantonnetii
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Lycianthes
Species: L. rantonnetii
Binomial name
Lycianthes rantonnetii
(Carrière) Bitter

Solanum rantonnei orth. var. Carrière
Solanum rantonnetii Carrière

Lycianthes rantonnetii flowers
Solanum Lycianthes Rantonnetii (blue potato bush)

Lycianthes rantonnetii (blue potato bush) is a species of flowering plant in the family Solanaceae. It is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay.Cultivated as ornamental the world over.[1]

The blue potato bush is one of about 150 species in the genus Lycianthes, which are found mostly in tropical regions of the Americas, and others located in the Asia-Pacific region. Lycianthes is apparently closely related to the chili peppers (Capsicum). However, it was long confused with the nightshades (Solanum), and several little-known Solanum species presumably should be included with Lycianthes.

The species is named for Barthélémy Victor Rantonnet, a 19th-century French horticulturalist. [2]


  1. ^ "Lycianthes rantonnetii". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
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