Taxon: Solanum marginatum L. f.

Genus: Solanum
  Subgenus: Leptostemonum
    Section: Giganteiformia
Family: Solanaceae
  Subfamily: Solanoideae
      Tribe: Solaneae
Nomen number: 101516
Place of publication: Suppl. pl. 147. 1782 ("1781")
Name Verified on: 21-Nov-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Noxweed Aust; Solan Biol Syst 496. 1986)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of eggplant (fide Pl Cell Tissue Cult 65:91-107. 2001)
  • Medicines: potential source of solasodine (for use in producing steroidal hormones fide Solan Biol Syst 499. 1986; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (naturalized in some countries of tropical America fide F Veracruz)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores; Spain - Canary Islands
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Northern America

    • : Mexico
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Chile
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. Flora of New Zealand. 1961- (F NZeal)
  • Borgato, L. et al. 2007. Production and characterization of arboreous and fertile Solanum melongena + Solanum marginatum somatic hybrid plants (Planta) 226:961-969.
  • Collonnier, C. et al. 2001. Applications of biotechnology in eggplant Pl. Cell Tissue Organ Cult. 65:91-107.
  • Cufodontis, G. Enumeratio plantarum aethiopiae: Spermatophyta. 1953-1972 (F EthiopCuf)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • Gómez-Pompa, A. & V. Sosa, eds. Flora de Veracruz. 1978- (F Veracruz)
  • Hansen, A. & P. Sunding Flora of Macaronesia: checklist of vascular plants, ed. 4. Sommerfeltia vol. 17. 1993 (L Macar ed4)
  • Hedberg, I. & S. Edwards Flora of Ethiopia. 1989- (and Eritrea. 2000) (F Ethiop)
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. 1993 (F CalifJep)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Nee, M. et al., eds. Solanaceae IV: advances in biology and utilization. 1999 (Solan IV) 318.
  • Parsons, W. T. & E. G. Cuthbertson Noxious weeds of Australia. 1992 (Noxweed Aust)
  • PBI Solanum Project Solanaceae source: a global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family (on-line resource). (Solanaceae Source)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Roth, L. 1986. Worldwide distribution of the wild plant Solanum marginatum and its cultivation in Ecuador (Solan Biol Syst) 496-99.
  • Symon, D. E. 1981. A revision of the genus Solanum in Australia J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 4:1-367.
  • Vibrans, H., ed. Malezas de México (on-line resource). (Malezas Mex)
  • Weese, T. L. & L. Bohs 2010. Eggplant origins: out of Africa, into the Orient (Taxon) 59:49-56.
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)
  • Willis, J. H. A handbook to plants in Victoria. 1970-1972 (F VictWillis)

Check other web resources for Solanum marginatum L. f. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image