Solanum microleprodes Bitter
  • "Bitter and Bitter, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 96. 1914., 1914."

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General Information

Shrubs or small trees, 1-5 m tall; stems and young leaves densely pubescent with erect, dendritic, densely branched, tree-like trichomes, these not persistent onto older stems; bark of older stems pale greyish-brown.
Sympodial units difoliate, geminate.
Leaves elliptic, widest at the middle, glabrous and shining adaxially, with a few scattered tree-like trichomes along the main veins, sparsely to densely pubescent along the veins abaxially, occasionally with a few trichomes on the lamina; major leaves 10-20 x 5.5-8 cm, with 6-9 pair of main lateral veins, these drying yellowish abaxially, the apex acute to acuminate, the base acute, somewhat decurrent on the petiole; petiole 1-1.5 cm long; minor leaves differing from the majors in size and shape, elliptic or orbicular, 2-9 x 1.5-6.5 cm, the apex acute to rounded, the base acute; petiole ca. 0.5 cm long.
Inflorescences opposite the leaves, simple or occasionally once branched, 1-3 (12) cm long, 5-10-flowered, densely pubescent with tree-like trichomes like those of the stems; pedicel scars closely spaced but not overlapping. Buds globose when young, later elliptic with the corolla strongly exserted from the calyx tube. Pedicels at anthesis slender, deflexed, abruptly contracted below the calyx tube, 0.6-1 cm long, 0.5 mm in diam., densely pubescent with dendritic tree-like trichomes like those of the inflorescence.
Flowers with the calyx tube conical, abruptly contracted to the pedicel, 1.5-2 mm long, the lobes minute, if present broadly deltate, 0.1-0.5 mm long, densely pubescent with dendritic, tree-like trichomes; corolla white, 1-1.3 cm in diam., lobed nearly to the base, the lobes planar to slightly reflexed at anthesis, the abaxial surface pubescent with tree-like trichomes like those of the rest of the inflorescence, these denser along the margins and at the tips; anthers 2.5-3 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, poricidal at the tips, the pores tear-drop shaped; free portion of the filaments ca. 0.5 mm long, the filament tube minute, ca. 0.25 mm long, glabrous; ovary glabrous to pubescent with dendritic tree-like trichomes; style glabrous, heteromorphic, in long-styled flowers ca. 6 mm long, in short-styled flowers ca. 2 mm long, somewhat clavate; stigma a broadened area on the style tip, the surface minutely papillose.
Fruit a globose, green berry, 1-1.5 cm in diam.; fruiting pedicels woody, erect to somewhat deflexed, 1-1.5 cm long, 1-2 mm in diam. at the base, swollen below the calyx lobes.
Seeds tan, flattened-reniform with paler, incrassate margins, 2.5-3 mm long, 2-2.5 mm wide, the surfaces minutely pitted.

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    • Distribution

      In secondary growth from Panama to N coastal Colombia, from 0-500 m.

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      •   Bibliography

        • 1 Bitter and Bitter, “Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 96. 1914.”, 1914.

         Information From

        Global Tree Search
        BGCI. 2018. GlobalTreeSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at Accessed on 30/11/2018.
        • A Botanic Gardens Conservation International
        PBI Solanum Project. 2017. Solanaceae Source. Jan.31st, 2015.
        • B All Rights Reserved
        • C
        • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
        World Flora Online consortium
        World Flora Online Data. 2018.
        • E CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).