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  Solanum mammosum
 
  Family: SOLANACEAE
  Citation:  Solanum mammosum L., Sp. Pl. 1: 187. 1753.
  Malayalam Name(s): Plastic kathiri
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Turkey Berry (West Indian)
  Description: Herbs or shrubs, erect, ca. 1 m tall; stems pilose with glandular simple hairs, armed with needle-like, sometimes slightly curved yellowish prickles 4-12 × 3-5 mm. Leaves mostly paired, 5-12 × 5-10 cm, broadly ovate or suborbicular, , (3-)5(-7)-lobed, villous, armed on major veins with needlelike prickles 0.8-2 cm, base cordate, apex acute or obtuse; petiole 2.5-8 cm. Inflorescences extra-axillary, scorpioid-racemose, 3- or 4-flowered; peduncle obsolete; pedicel 5-10 mm long. Calyx pubescent as on stems, sometimes armed; lobes ovate-lanceolate, 5-6 mm long. Corolla purple, 2.5-3.2 cm in diam.; lobes oblong-lanceolate, 2-2.2 × 0.4 cm, villous abaxially. Stamens subequal; filaments ca. 1 mm; anthers narrow, lanceolate, 1-1.2 cm long. Style ca. 3 mm. Berry yellow, darkening with age, pyriform, 4.5-7 × 3-4 cm, with 1-5 papillate protuberances at base; seeds dark brown, somewhat compressed, 3-4 mm in diam.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-March
  District(s): Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Wayanad, Malappuram
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as garden plant
  Distribution: Native of tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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