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Solanum pinnatum Cav.

Place of Publication

Icon. [Cav.] 5(1): 23, t. 439, f.1 (1799)

Type citation

Region IV (Coquimbo), Coquimbo, L. Née s.n. (Lectotype MA 656494, left hand specimen, designated by Knapp (2007)).


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  • Cavanilles (1799)

    Cavanilles, A.J. 1799. Icones et descriptiones plantarum, quae aut sponte in Hispania crescunt, aut in hortis hospitantur, vol. 5(1):1-74. Matriti: ex Typographya Regia

  • Knapp (2007)

    Knapp, S. 2007. Lectotypification of Cavanilles’ names in Solanum (Solanaceae). Anales del Jardín Botánico Madrid 64: 195–203.

  • Bennett (2008)

    Bennett , J.R. 2008. Revison of Solanum Section Regmandra (Solanaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 65(1):69-112


Perennial, erect shrub 30–200 cm tall. Flowers from February to April.

Key characteristics

A variable species especially in leaf shape and hair covering (indumentum). However, it can be recognised by the singly lobed leaves and usually dense, many flowered inflorescences.


Seed of this species is banked by the national seed bank of Chile, INIA.