Solanaceae (weeds)

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Datura stramonium (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): H. Zell
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Solanaceae (weeds) - (potato family)

The potato family includes around 3,000 species with various important crops, but also a larger number of weeds like jimsonweed, horsenettle or tropical soda apple.

The species are mainly herbaceous plants. The leaves are alternate, usually simple and lack stipules. The flowers have 5 fused petals and 5 stamens. The fruits are divided into 2 or 4 seed-producing sections and may be berries or dry capsules. Several species contain powerful and toxic alkaloids.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.


The following genera and individual weed species are currently entered under this family: