Solanum neei

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Ordo: Solanales
Familia: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum


Solanum neei Chiarini & L.A.Mentz sp. nov.Wikispecies linkIPNI linkPensoft Profile


Differs from Solanum incarceratum Ruiz & Pav. by its inflorescences with unarmed or prickly peduncles 1.8–4 cm long (versus sessile inflorescences in Solanum incarceratum); also differs from Solanum acerifolium Dunal and Solanum atropurpureum Schrank by its unequal, linear calyx lobes (versus equal, triangular or deltoid calyx lobes in Solanum acerifolium and Solanum atropurpureum); the non-petaloid linear calyx lobes also distinguishes it from Solanum anoacanthum Sendtn., which has petaloid, elliptic-lanceolate calyx lobes.


Argentina. Misiones: Dpt. Guaraní, Predio Guaraní, 26°54'59"S, 54°12'18"W, Tramo I, borde de selva, 16-X-2002, Solanum G. Tressens et al. 6749 (holotype: CORD [CORD00006750], isotype: CTES).


Shrub up to 1.7 m tall. Stems sparsely pubescent with glandular hairs (stalked or sessile) and 2–5 celled simple hairs, armed with straight (sometimes recurved), broad-based prickles to 5–10 mm long, and needlelike prickles,1–2 mm long. Sympodial units di- or trifoliate. Leaves solitary or sometimes geminate, if geminate then one of the leaves about twice the size of the other; petioles 3–9 cm long, pubescent with glandular and simple trichomes and armed with acicular prickles to 1.2 cm; blades membranaceous, deltoid, 10–19 × 9–18 cm, with 2–3 pairs of shallow, broadly triangular teeth or lobes, the base truncate or cuneate to subcordate; upper surface with simple, spreading, 2–4-celled eglandular hairs and very short glandular hairs; lower surface moderately to sparsely pubescent with stellate, sessile or short-stalked trichomes, with (3) 4 (6) lateral rays and a central ray (midpoint) the same size or a little longer, and with glandular hairs and prickles on the midvein, the prickles 1–3 mm long, smaller than those of the petioles. Inflorescence extra-axillary, pedunculate, unbranched, scorpioid, (3) 5–25-flowered, with prickles to 2 mm long; peduncles up to 1.8–4 cm (2.5–5 cm in fruit) unarmed to prickly, with simple and glandular hairs; pedicels up to 3 cm, enlarged towards the apex, unarmed to prickly, with simple and glandular hairs. Flowers all perfect; calyx lobes unequal, elongate, linear-lanceolate to linear, equal to or somewhat shorter than the corolla lobes, 0.6–1.6 cm long and up to 1 mm wide (1.3–2.6 cm long in fruit), pubescent with glandular and simple hairs, sometimes also with some small prickles; corolla stellate, 2.2–2.5 cm in diameter, white, with simple hairs outside, inner surface glabrous, the lobes planar, lanceolate, 12–14 mm long × 4.5–6 mm wide; anthers attenuate, yellow, 8–9 mm long, opening by apical pores; ovary globose covered by small glandular trichomes; style whitish, 10–11 mm; stigma capitate or clavate, green. Fruits globose-ellipsoid, ca. 1.5 cm long × 1 cm wide, variegated when immature, yellow when ripe, subtended by the calyx lobes that are usually longer than the fruit (sometimes the same length or a little shorter). Seeds orbicular, compressed, winged, ± 3 mm diam. Chromosome number 2n = 24 (Acosta et al. 2005[1], sub nom. Solanum sp. 2).


(Fig. 4). Southern Brazil in the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, Brazil, and in Prov. Misiones, Argentina; 100–1000 m elevation. Solanum neei inhabits the Atlantic Forest region (Alto Paraná Atlantic forest, Araucaria humid forest and Serra do Mar coastal forest), in areas with 1200–2000 mm of annual precipitation.


The new species is found in clearings of semideciduous primary forests and in secondary forest.Flowering specimens have been collected from September to April; fruiting specimens from October to April.


The epithet honors Dr. Michael Nee, a specialist in Solanaceae at the Institute of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden (USA). Nee’s contributions to the knowledge of this family (and particularly of genus Solanum) are many and remarkable, and include his Ph.D. thesis on the taxonomy of section Acanthophora.

Preliminary conservation status

Solanum neei is a species of open and somewhat disturbed habitats (as are many ‘spiny solanum’ species) and seems to be fairly evenly distributed within its area (Fig. 4). The species has been regularly collected to date. Although not usually common where it occurs, it is not a species of immediate conservation concern. Applying the criteria of the IUCN ( ) suggests its conservation status should be ‘Least Concern’ (LC).

Specimens examined

ARGENTINA. Misiones: Dpt. San Javier, Cnia. Acaraguá, 29-IX-1946, Bertoni 3032 (LIL); Dpt. Gral. San Martín, El Alcázar, propiedad Alto Paraná S.A., 23-IX-2000, Keller 315 (CTES); Dpt. San Pedro, camino de tierra que une la RP 17 con la RN 14, a la altura de Piñalito Sur, 13-I-2007, Keller 3922 (CTES); Dpt. Eldorado, ruta de Eldorado a B. de Irigoyen, a ± 45 km de Eldorado, 17-XI-1980, Legname et al. 7525 (CTES, LIL); Dpt. Iguazú, urwald picada bei den Yguazu fällen, 13-IX-1915, Osten & Rojas 8267 (G); Dpt. San Pedro, Ruta prov. 17, 80 km al E de Eldorado, 22-I-1973, Schinini & Fernández 5978 (SI); Dpt. Iguazú, Ruta 12, rumbo a Bosetti, a ± 5 km del límite del PN, 29-V-1987, Subils & Moscone 4160 (CORD); Dpt. Guaraní, Predio Guaraní, 26°54'59"S, 54°12'18"W, sendero CiFOR, 27-IV-1999, Tressens et al. 6106 (CTES).
BRAZIL. Paraná: Larangeiras do Sul, Rio Iguaçú, Salto Osório, 18-IV-1970, Hatschbach 24155 (MBM); Maringá, Horto Florestal, 29-I-1970, Hatschbach 26187 (MBM). Rio Grande do Sul: Rodeio Bonito, rodovia para Planalto, 6-XII-1986, Bassan & Benedetti 746 (HAS); São Francisco de Paula, Faz. Englert, I-1944, Buck s.n. (PACA 11621); Caxias do Sul, Morro do Biondi, 19-XI-1951, Cordeiro s.n. (ICN 896); Santo Ângelo, Granja Piratini, 24-XI-1973, Hagelund 7473 (ICN) - XII-1941, Leite 743 (NY) - São Salvador, 12-I-1941, Leite 2189 (SP); Ijuí, Augusto Pestana, 27-IX-1953, Pivetta 946 (PACA); São Francisco de Paula, Potreiro Novo, Tainhas, 23-II-1978, Sehnem 15906 (PACA 72218); Veranópolis, 4° seção, 3-IV-1983, Silveira 633 (HAS); Montenegro, Kappesberg, 16-XII-1935, Rambo 2198 (PACA); Caxias do Sul (São Francisco de Paula) Vila Oliva, 6-I-1946, Rambo 31113 (B, PACA, LIL 199948); Bom Jesus, Fazenda da Ronda perto Vacaria, 30-XII-1946, Rambo 34640 (PACA); Cambará do Sul, perto S. Francisco de Paula, II-1948, Rambo 36080 (PACA). Santa Catarina: Caçador, Rio do Bugre, 7-XII-1962, Klein 3449 (HBR).


This species is undoubtedly placed within sect. Acanthophora due to the lack of stellate hairs and the presence of simple hairs on the upper leaf surfaces. Because of its flattened and winged seeds, Solanum neei would be placed in the Pterosperma group of sect. Acanthophora in the taxonomic scheme of Nee (1979a[2]; see Levin et al. 2005[3] for an explanation of Nee’s subsectional groups). However, Levin et al. (2005)[3] demonstrated that the groupings based on seed morphology are unnatural, although they did not sample all species of the section. Therefore, the phylogenetic position of Solanum neei within sect. Acanthophora is unknown.
Morphologically, Solanum neei resembles Solanum incarceratum, but the well developed peduncles of the inflorescences (Figs 1, 2) distinguish it from the latter, which has sessile or almost sessile inflorescences. Other characteristics that also help to distinguish these two species are the leaf shape (barely lobed in Solanum incarceratum), the fruit shape (globose in Solanum incarceratum) and the distribution range: Solanum incarceratum inhabits Peru, Bolivia and the states of Bahia, Goiás and Minas Gerais (Brazil), therefore it would overlap with Solanum nee only in a small area in the Brazilian state of Paraná. Solanum anoacanthum has also some resemblance to Solanum neei: both species have long calyx lobes that are equal to or longer than the corolla lobes and longer than half of the fruit, but in Solanum anoacanthum the lobes are wider and petaloid, whilst in the latter, they are linear-lanceolate to linear and not more than 1 mm wide.
Some species of sect. Acanthophora have derived breeding systems and are andromonoecious (with both long- and short-styled flowers in the same inflorescence, e.g., Solanum capsicoides), but the new species seems not to be andromonoecious, since all specimens studied had inflorescences with only long-styled flowers.
A specimen belonging to Solanum neei was placed by Nee (1991)[4] under the name Solanum species B, and later Mentz and Oliveira (2004)[5] described and illustrated it under‘Solanum sp 1’, but neither of these works validly publishes it as a new species.
Key to the species of section Acanthophora with flattened or winged seeds in Southern Brazil/Northern-Eastern Argentina (for all members of the section in the region see Mentz and Oliveira 2004[5])

Original Description

  • Chiarini, F; Mentz, L; 2012: A new species of Solanum sect. Acanthophora (Solanaceae) from Argentina and Brazil PhytoKeys, 18: 1-10. doi

Other References

  1. Acosta M, Bernardello G, Guerra M, Moscone E (2005) Karyotype analysis in several South American species of Solanum and Lycianthes rantonnei (Solanaceae). Taxon 54: 713-723. doi: 10.2307/25065428
  2. Nee M (1979a) A revision of Solanum section Acanthophora. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Levin R, Watson K, Bohs L (2005) A four-gene study of evolutionary relationships in Solanum section Acanthophora. American Journal of Botany 92: 603-612. doi: 10.3732/ajb.92.4.603
  4. Nee M (1991) Synopsis of Solanum section Acanthophora, a group of interest for glycoalkaloids. In: Hawkes J Lester R Nee M Estrada N (Eds). Solanaceae III, Taxonomy, Chemistry, Evolution. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey: 257-266.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mentz L, Oliveira P (2004) Solanum (Solanaceae) na região sul do Brasil. Pesquisas, Botânica 54: 1-327.