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Debasish Joardar

Nov 17, 2007, 8:47:58 AM11/17/07
Hi Friends,
Photographed at Bhadreshwar, Hooghly, West Bengal on 17/11/2007.
Is it Solanum torvum, Family- Solanaceae?
Kindly confirm the identification.
Thanking you,
Debasish Joardar.

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Akramul Hoque

Nov 20, 2007, 7:08:39 AM11/20/07
to Debasish Joardar,,
hi friend ,
it 's ok ----Your Id Is correct.  In addition  ----It is an undershrub.

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J.M. Garg

Nov 20, 2007, 9:59:43 PM11/20/07
to Akramul Hoque, Debasish Joardar,,
Also called (Turkey berry, prickley solanum, shoo-shoo bush, devil's fig, wild egg plant etc.) & used as below:
The wood is soft and light and of little use except for emergency fuel. The fruits are edible and used in Thai and Lao cuisine (Royal Horticultural Society 2001) and incorporated into soups and sauces in the Ivory Coast (Herzog and Gautier-Béguin 2001). Turkey berry contains a number of potentially pharmacologically active chemicals including the sapogenin steroid, chlorogenin (Badola and others 1993). Aqueous extracts of turkey berry are lethal to mice or depress the erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets in their blood (Tapia and others 1996). A related chemical, cholecalciferol, is the active ingredient in a number of commercial rodentacides (American Board of Veterinary Toxicology 2001). Extracts of the plant are reported to be useful in the treatment of hyperactivity (Null 2001), colds and cough (CPR Environmental Education Centre 2001), pimples, skin diseases, and leprosy (Liogier 1990). Turkey berry is being crossed with eggplant in an attempt to incorporate genes for resistance to Verticillium wilt into the vegetable (Bletsos and others 2001).
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