Taxon: Solanum virginianum L.

Genus: Solanum
Subgenus: Leptostemonum
Family: Solanaceae
Subfamily: Solanoideae
Tribe: Solaneae
Nomen number: 401897
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:187. 1753 (Mant. pl. 2:340. 1771, as "virginicum")
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 29-Nov-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 29-Nov-2010
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 6 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Gene sources: disease resistance for eggplant (fide Solan III:392. 1991)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of eggplant (fide Pl Cell Tissue Cult 65:91-107. 2001)
  • Medicines: potential source of solasodine (fide F ChinaEng; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia ; Yemen
    • China: China Guangdong, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan ; Iran
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh ; India ; Nepal ; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia

  • Adventive

  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Egypt


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Boulos, L. Flora of Egypt. 1999- (F Egypt)
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. (F Ceylon)
  • Daunay, M. C. et al. 1991. The use of wild species for the genetic improvement of Brinjal egg-plant and tomato (Solan III) 392.
  • Hepper, F. N. & P. M. L. Jaeger 1986. Name changes for two Old World Solanum species Kew Bull. 41:434.
  • Humbert, J.-H., ed. Flore de Madagascar et des Comores. (F Madag)
  • Knapp, S. & C. E. Jarvis 1990. The typification of the names of New World Solanum species described by Linnaeus Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 104:363.
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • PBI Solanum Project Solanaceae source: a global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family (on-line resource). (Solanaceae Source)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Weese, T. L. & L. Bohs 2010. Eggplant origins: out of Africa, into the Orient (Taxon) 59:49-56.
  • Whalen, M. D. 1984. Conspectus of species groups in Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum (Gentes Herbarum) 12:263.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Solanum virginianum L. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Solanaceae Source: A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.