Solanum aculeastrum

Solanum aculeastrum has a spiny stem and is recognised by its bright yellow berry, which is often compared to lemons

Solanum aculeastrum is found in Africa and is most abundant across Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Solanum aculeastrum  has a wide range of uses, it is 

  • commonly planted as a hedge
  • placed across the roads to prevent vehicle access - spines are hard enough to rupture tyres 
  • some varieties have edible fruit
  • medicine 
    • the fruit and leaves are used in the 
      • treatment of swelling joints in fingers 
      • to prevent gangrene 
    • drying and pounding roots
      • taking a little on tongue twice daily for an enlarged spleen
      • as eyewash.

Species detail

  • Solanum aculeastrum
    Taxonomy

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    Distribution and habitat

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    Biology

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    Uses

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    Conservation

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    References

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Solanum aculeastrum

Solanum aculeastrum

Solanum aculeastrum flower

Solanum aculeastrum flowers are white or rarely pale purple.

Solanum aculeastrum

In the Kenyan and north Tanzanian highlands Solanum aculeastrum can be recognised by its globose to elliptic or pyriform fruit less than two times longer than wide.

Solanum aculeastrum flowers

Solanum aculeastrum flowers.

Solanum aculeastrum habitat

Solanum aculeastrum occurs in forest margins, grassland, scrub, and open disturbed places at 1200-2100m elevation, occasionally found up to 3200m elevation.

Solanum aculeastrum fruit

The fruit of Solanum aculeastrum is sweet and eaten by elephants and cattle.

Solanum aculeastrum hedge

Solanum aculeastrum is often planted as a hedge.

Solanum aculeastrum

Solanum aculeastrum

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Researching the spiny Solanum of Africa and Madagascar using traditional botanical systematics techniques.

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Common names

  • Mutugunda
  • Omutugunda
  • Mutura

as well as the less commonly used 

  • Umotobo, 
  • Kood (Lateba)
  • Niva fera-fera
  • Temberere
  • Imitobotobo (Kirundi) 
  • Motobatoba (Ruanda)