Solanum lichtensteinii Willd.

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Solanum lichtensteinii

Photo: Ian Riddell
Great Dyke, Guruve.

Solanum lichtensteinii

Photo: Ian Riddell
Great Dyke, Guruve.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Similar to Solanum campylacanthum (incanum type) but differing in having lobed leaves (usually entire or sometimes lobed in campylacanthum), trichomes on the lower leaf surface sessile or with short stalks to 0.1 mm long (to 0.5(-1) mm in campylacanthum), larger fruits 2.5-4.5 cm in diameter (1.5-3 cm in campylacanthum).
Derivation of specific name: lichtensteinii: after Martin Heinrich Carl Lichtenstein (1780-1857), German physician, explorer and plant collector in southern Africa.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: SE
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 868. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 116. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 106.

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Flora of Mozambique: Solanum lichtensteinii
Flora of Zambia: Solanum lichtensteinii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Solanum lichtensteinii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Solanum lichtensteinii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Solanum lichtensteinii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Solanum lichtensteinii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Solanum lichtensteinii
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iNaturalist: Solanum lichtensteinii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Solanum lichtensteinii
JSTOR Plant Science: Solanum lichtensteinii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Solanum lichtensteinii
Plants of the World Online: Solanum lichtensteinii
Tropicos: Solanum lichtensteinii
Wikipedia: Solanum lichtensteinii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Solanum lichtensteinii., retrieved 20 July 2024

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