Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae

Solanaceae - Potato family

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005) Solanaceae FZ 8(4)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or rarely trees. Stipules 0 (but pseudostipules are present in Solanum mauritianum). Leaves alternate, or occasionally fasciculate. Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, actinomorphic or slightly zygomorphic, solitary or in cymes, clusters or racemes. Calyx (3-)5(-6)-lobed, often persistent and accrescent. Corolla gamopetalous with 5 (or more) lobes. Stamens inserted on corolla-tube. Disk usually present. Ovary superior, usually 2-locular; ovules numerous. Fruit a capsule or berry.

Worldwide: 94 genera and 2,950 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially South America.

Zambia: 9 cultivated genera and 14 cultivated taxa.

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GenusContent
Browallia L.Description
Brugmansia Pers.
Brunfelsia L.
Capsicum L.Description
Cestrum L.Description
Iochroma Benth.Description
Nicotiana L.Description
Solandra Sw.
Solanum L.Description

Other sources of information about Solanaceae:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Solanaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-14

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2014). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: Family page: Solanaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=211, retrieved 1 September 2014

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