Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Solanum
Family: Solanaceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
giganteum
NOTES

This thorny indigenous shrub or small tree should not be confused with the exotic invader S. mauritianum. The young parts are white-woolly and the large elliptic leaves are white-woolly below.


AUTHORITY
Jacq.
Sub Author
Conservation
Uncommon
Habit
Shrub/tree
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: The flowers are borne in crowded terminal corymbs.
Colour: Purple
Notes: The flowers range from white to purple
Colour: White
Common Name
Giant bitter apple
Red bitter apple
Healing leaf tree
Red bitter berry
Grootbitterappel
Geneesblare
Geneesblaarbos
Rooibitterbessie
Habitat
NOTES: So far only found on the river bank on the Dyer-Woodin property
HABITAT NAME: Riverside
Uses
Throat treatments
Fruits are used to curdle milk which is then used for throat ulcers
Respiratory treatments
Unspecified use
Food
The berries are said to be used to curdle milk
Wound treatments
Leaves are used as dressings for festering sores and an ointment is also made from the sap and the leaves
Toxicity
Known to contain poisonous substances
Months
All year
January
February
March
April
Synonyms for Species
Solanum niveum



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