Solanum violaceum Ortega, Nov. Pl. Descr. Dec. 56. 1798.
syn: Solanum indicum Clarke in FBI (non L.); Solanum chinense Dunal
Solanum indicum described in FBI, as understood now represents more one species: S. erianthum D. Don, S. anguivi and S. violaceum. Latter is quite distinct in its purple flowers (white in first, white with purple veins in second), branches and underside of leaves tomentose, prickles curved on stem, straight on petiole and leaf beneath; leaf unequal at base, sinuately lobed; flowers in leaf-opposed cymes, 2 cm across, calyx finely stellate; berry green mottled with white when young orange when ripe, about 1 cm across.
Photographed from Dakpathar on September 16, 2011
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