Taxon: Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal

Genus: Withania
Family: Solanaceae
  Subfamily: Solanoideae
      Tribe: Physaleae
        Subtribe: Withaninae
Nomen number: 102407
Place of publication: A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(1):453. 1852
Name Verified on: 07-Nov-1985 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 30-Aug-1999
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide New Crops; Pl Book; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Macaronesia: Cape Verde; Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa - Cape Province, - KwaZulu-Natal, - Free State, - Transvaal; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Liberia; Mali; Nigeria
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman; Saudi Arabia; Yemen
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Greece; Italy - Sicily, - Sardinia
    • Southwestern Europe: Spain

  • Naturalized:

    . natzd. elsewhere


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