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15. Solanum pseudo-capsicum L., Sp. Pl. 184. 1753. Bailey, l.c. 3183; Bor & Raizada, l.c. 123; Parker, l.c. 369; Schoenbeck-Temesy in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 100:6. 1972; R. R. Stewart l.c. 644.


An erect shrub 90-120 cm tall; branches ascending, glabrous. Leaves 40-80 x 10-20 mm, lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, cuneate, decurrent, entire to repand, obtuse. Peduncles 1-3-flowered, axillary or extra-axillary. Flowers white. Calyx teeth triangular to lanceolate, 4-5 mm long, accrescent. Corolla rotate; limb 11-12 mm broad. Berry globose, 8-12 (-15)mm broad, scarlet-red, shiny. Seeds 3 mm broad, subreniform, minutely reticulate-rugose.

Fl. Per.: May-July, earlier in the plains.

Type: Described from Madera. Hb. Linn. 248/4 (LINN).

Distribution: Native to S. America.

The ‘Jerusaleum cherry’ is widely cultivated as an ornament in gardens for its shiny scarlet-red berries. Sometimes found as an escape in the hills, up to 2200 m.


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