Archive for 'Solanaceae'

Withania adunensis

High above the Detwah lagoon of western Socotra I found a favourite spot just under the cave. Here the landscape was supporting a range of plants as the high cliffs and outcrops lend a hand in sun protection during the first half of the day. Endemic.

Withania adunensis

Fruit turns red when ripe. Endemic.

Withania adunensis

High above the Detwah lagoon of western Socotra I found a favourite spot just under the cave. Here the landscape was supporting a range of plants as the high cliffs and outcrops lend a hand in sun protection during the first half of the day. This plant has small and inconspicuous flowers and at first […]

Wolf Apple (Solanum lycocarpum)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. The The fruit of this […]

Wolf Apple (Solanum lycocarpum) UV

Darker in UV compared to visible light.

Wolf Apple (Solanum lycocarpum)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. The The fruit of this […]

Sticky Nightshade (Solanum sisymbriifolium)

This plant was growing on the side of Cuiaba river – very close to the water, and will likely be submerge in the coming weeks. Also called Fire-and-Ice plant, Litchi Tomato, or Morelle de Balbis.

Sticky Nightshade (Solanum sisymbriifolium)

This plant was growing on the side of Cuiaba river – very close to the water, and will likely be submerge in the coming weeks. Also called Fire-and-Ice plant, Litchi Tomato, or Morelle de Balbis.

Sticky Nightshade (Solanum sisymbriifolium)

Looks edible and tempting – is it? This plant was growing on the side of Cuiaba river – very close to the water, and will likely be submerge in the coming weeks. Also called Fire-and-Ice plant, Litchi Tomato, or Morelle de Balbis.

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. This plant has big spines high on its agenda, […]

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Lycium humile

Grows on the salty portions of the rim of the Salar de Uyuni that receives fresh water sporadically. Altitude: 3669 metres.

Lycium humile

Grows on the salty portions of the rim of the Salar de Uyuni that receives fresh water sporadically. Altitude: 3669 metres.

Fabiana densa

Grows on the slopes of the Cerro Tunupa. Altitude: 3989 metres.

Fabiana densa

Grows on the slopes of the Cerro Tunupa. Altitude: 3989 metres.

Lycium chanar

Growing on the islands in the Salar de Uyuni. Altitude: 3716 metres.

Lycium chanar

Growing on the islands in the Salar de Uyuni. Altitude: 3716 metres.

Solanum quitoense

A very hairy plant – native to Ecuador and named naranjilla. Altitude 2111 metres.

Solanum quitoense

The fruit is edible and I have had many naranjilla smoothies in Ecuador – one of my favourites! Altitude 2111 metres.

Solanum quitoense

Altitude 2111 metres.

Browallia speciosa

Altitude 2070 metres.

Browallia speciosa

Located in dense and dark jungle on the way down to the river Cosanga, with minimal light reaching the plant. Altitude 2070 metres.

Brugmansia sanguinea

Looks like a wild mango, but it’s far from it! Altitude 3083 metres.

Brugmansia sanguinea

An incredibly large flower which attracts insects in droves, especially small flies inhabit the flower for the duration of its flowering period. I saw most of them had a ring of flies sitting inside. It is a great combination of safety, food and insulation against the elements. Although this is a wild and native plant […]