Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Solanaceae

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Solanum torvum Sw.

Leaf arrangement

Opposite

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Ovate

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Sub-Cordate

Leaf Margin

Sinuate

Habit : A small armed shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Along wastelands and roadsides, less in the plains, sometimes cultivated for the fruit. Hills above 700m, Indian Subcontinent.

Indigenous Information : Fruits edible. The seeds removed and cooked with lentils.

Other relevent information : Fruits used in medicine.

Field Tips : Whole plant is coated with a white dust which comes off when touched. LEaf sparsely stellate pubescent above.

 

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Names:


Irula : Bed sundai
Tamil : Soondai


Flower:

In corymbose, extra axillary cymes, white. Flowering from February-March and August-November.

Fruit :

A berry, globose, green, ripening yellow. Seeds many, circular, smooth. Fruting throughout the year.

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Solanaceae