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36. Solanum griffithii (Prain) C. Y. Wu & S. C. Huang, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 16(2): 75. 1978.

膜萼茄 mo e qie

Solanum barbisetum Nees var. griffithii Prain, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 62: 541. 1896.

Herbs or subshrubs 50-100 cm tall, puberulent with stalked stellate hairs. Stems sparingly lanate with weak, long-stalked, 7-9-rayed hairs, glabrescent, sparingly armed with erect, stout prickles 2-3(-5) × 1-1.5(-2.5) mm. Leaves equal paired; petiole 2-5 cm; leaf blade ovate to obovate-elliptic, 6-16(-19) × 4-10(-16) cm, pubescent as on stems, sparsely prickly along main veins, base obtuse or cuneate, margin 6-18-dentate, apex acute. Inflorescences extra-axillary scorpioid racemes ca. 3.5 cm; peduncle 4-5 mm. Pedicel ca. 1 cm, with short prickles. Calyx subcampanulate, ca. 7 mm; lobes lanceolate, ca. 4 × 1 mm, pubescent, prickly. Corolla white, broadly campanulate, 1.2-1.5 × 1.5 cm; lobes lanceolate, ca. 6 × 1.5 mm, stellate hairy. Filaments ca. 1.5 mm; anthers ovate-lanceolate, ca. 6 mm. Ovary glabrous. Style ca. 9 mm, glabrous. Fruiting pedicel 0.9-1.1 cm. Fruiting calyx with dense stellate hairs, closely enveloping most of berry, with numerous short yellowish prickles. Berry globose, ca. 1.2 cm in diam., glabrous. Seeds orbicular, ca. 2.5 mm in diam. Fl. Apr-Aug, fr. Aug-Oct.

Near roads, limestone mountains, thickets, forests; 300-900 m. Guangxi (Pinguo Xian), Guizhou, Yunnan [India, Myanmar].


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