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Solanum paniculatum - L.

Common Name Jurubeba, Nightshade
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[K ].(All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested )
Habitats Found in a wide variety of habitats; in disturbed forests; secondary growth; dunes; restingas; disturbed cerrado; rocky soils and roadsides at elevations from sea level to 1,100 metres[435 ].
Range S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, southern, central, eastern and northern Brazil.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Solanum paniculatum Jurubeba, Nightshade


Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil, wikimedia.org
Solanum paniculatum Jurubeba, Nightshade
Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil, wikimedia.org

 

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Summary

Solanum paniculatum, also known as Jurubeba, is a shrub growing about 2.5 m in height. It can be found in South America particularly in Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. It is not edible but is a popular medicinal plant utilized for treatments for digestive problems, liver problems, fevers, anemia, erysipelas, hepatitis, uterine tumors, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic gastritis, and others. The plant is grown by direct seed sowing.


Physical Characteristics

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Solanum paniculatum is a SHRUB growing to 2 m (6ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The plant is commonly used in Brazil, especially to treat digestive problems and a sluggish liver. Modern research has borne out these traditional uses. The plant contains a number of active compounds including steroids, saponins, glycosides, and alkaloids in the root, stem, and leaves. The alkaloids are found more abundantly in the root, although they are also present in the stem and leaves. The steroids and saponins are found in higher quantities in the root, while the leaves have the greatest amount of glycosides. The plant also has been found to contain a large proportion of bitter properties, which were thought to contribute to its ability to stimulate digestion[318 ]. Solanidine and solasodine were discovered in the leaves and fruit, which probably accounts for its liver-protective properties[318 ]. The compound solanin, also found in the plant, has been documented in clinical research to possess analgesic activity (possibly through its ability to block pain impulses in the nervous system)[318 ]. One study has shown that the root, stem, flower, leaf, and fruit of the plant have anti-ulcer activity[318 ]. The plant also has been documented to have cardiotonic activity, possibly due to the alkaloid solanidine, which has been documented to have this activity[318 ]. The leaves and roots are used as a tonic and for treating fevers, anaemia, erysipelas, hepatitis, liver and spleen disorders, uterine tumours, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic gastritis, and other such digestive problems as sluggish digestion, bloating, and flatulence. Jurubeba leaf tea is a very common household remedy throughout Brazil for hangovers, especially when combined with indigestion and bloating from overeating[318 ]. The plant is sometimes employed externally in poultices to heal wounds and ulcers[318 ].

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Other Uses

Other Uses: None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Given its wide adaptability to various disturbed habitats and weedy nature, Solanum paniculatum would probably become naturalized in other parts of the world if introduced[435 ]. Flowering Time: Blooms all year. Bloom Color: Violet/Lavender White/Near White. Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m).

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Propagation

Seed -

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

jubeba, juripeba, jurubeba, jurubeba-roxa, juuna, juvena.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Paraguay; Brazil; Argentina

Weed Potential

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Given its wide adaptability to various disturbed habitats and weedy nature, Solanum paniculatum would probably become naturalized in other parts of the world if introduced[435 ]

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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