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  Solanum melongena var. insanum
 
  Family: SOLANACEAE
  Citation:  Solanum melongena L. var. insanum (L.) Prain, Bengal Pl. 746. 1903; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 937(658). 1923. Solanum insanum L., Mant. Pl. 46. 1767.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chunda, Valiya Chunda
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  Description: Armed subshrubs to 75 cm. Leaves alternate, angulate, 7-12 x 6-8 cm, thick, lateral nerves ca. 5 pairs, stellate-pubescent, prickly along the nerves, base obliquely truncate, apex (sub)acute; petiole to 4 cm, prickly. Flower(s) 1-4, extra-axillary. Calyx-lobes 5, lanceolate, 6 mm, thick, stellate-pubescent and prickly without, acute. Corolla purple to violet, 3.5 cm across; lobes 5, triangular, 1.5 cm, stellate-pubescent without, and along midnerve within, acute. Stamens 5; filaments 3 mm; anthers 6 mm. Ovary 3 mm; style 1 cm, villous. Berry oblong-globose, 3 cm across; fruiting calyx enlarging; seeds minutely pitted.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-December
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Roadsides, wastelands, homesteads and sometimes grown as medicinal plants
  Distribution: Tropical Asia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Violet, Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
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