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(Plants) any tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant of the mainly tropical solanaceous genus Solanum: includes the potato, aubergine, and certain nightshades
[C16: from Latin: nightshade]
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Noun1.solanum - type genus of the Solanaceae: nightshadeSolanum - type genus of the Solanaceae: nightshade; potato; eggplant; bittersweet
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Solanaceae, potato family, Solanaceae - large and economically important family of herbs or shrubs or trees often strongly scented and sometimes narcotic or poisonous; includes the genera Solanum, Atropa, Brugmansia, Capsicum, Datura, Hyoscyamus, Lycopersicon, Nicotiana, Petunia, Physalis, and Solandra
nightshade - any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit
Solanum crispum, potato tree - hardy climbing shrub of Chile grown as an ornamental for its fragrant flowers; not a true potato
bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, poisonous nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade, deadly nightshade - poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America
Solanum jamesii, wild potato - erect or spreading perennial of southwestern United States and Mexico bearing small pale brown to cream-colored tubers resembling potatoes
Solanum jasmoides, potato vine - copiously branched vine of Brazil having deciduous leaves and white flowers tinged with blue
eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple, Solanum melongena, aubergine, brinjal, eggplant - hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
naranjilla, Solanum quitoense - small perennial shrub cultivated in uplands of South America for its edible bright orange fruits resembling tomatoes or oranges
Solanum tuberosum, white potato, white potato vine, potato - annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
giant potato creeper, potato vine, Solanum wendlandii - vine of Costa Rica sparsely armed with hooklike spines and having large lilac-blue flowers
Brazilian potato tree, potato tree, Solanum macranthum, Solanum wrightii - South American shrub or small tree widely cultivated in the tropics; not a true potato
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The role of 2n gametes and endosperm balance number in the origin and evolution of polyploids in the tuber-bearing Solanums. Genetics 163: 287-94.
Interspecific incompatibility due to stylar barriers in tuber-bearing and closely related non-tuber-bearing Solanums. Sexual Plant Reproduction 2: 184-192.
Tropical soda apple (TSA), Solanum viarum Dunal, is a perennial South American shrub in the Acanthophora section, subgenus Leptostemonum ('spiny solanums') in the family Solanaceae (Nee 1991).
Because eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) belongs to the same subgenus (Leptostenomum) as TSA, and is important to Florida agriculture, several varieties of eggplant were included.
Phylogenetic relationships among the "spiny solanums"(Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum, Solanaceae).
Phylogenetics relationships among the "Spiny Solanums" (Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum, Solanaceae).
8GRADUALLY increase watering to cyclamen, solanums and azaleas as they are brought indoors.
Solanum melongena L cultivated from tropical to temperate is one of the most consumed vegetables worldwide and one of the most highly antioxidant vegetables [14].
* Winter cherry and Jerusalem cherry, Solanum capsicastrum and pseudocapsicum respectively, are similar in leaf and flower to the capsicums, then cover themselves with cheerful orange or scarlet berries for winter.
Solanum x rechei was first described as a distinct species, and was hypothesized to be ancestral to S.