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
Synonyms

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lycianthes rantonnetii". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  2. ^ http://davisla.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/plant-of-the-week-lycianthes-rantonnetii/