Botanical name: Solanum erianthum Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Solanum verbascifolium
Big Eggplant is an unarmed shrub or small tree, growing up to 4 m tall. Branched are covered with a dense soft, and the can be up to 20 cm in diameter. Leaves are ovate-elliptical, 10-20 cm long, 3.5-15 cm wide, margin slightly wavy, base rounded to wedge-shaped, tip pointed to long pointed. Flowers appear in clusters at the end of branches. Sepal cup is bellashaped, 5 mm long, with ovate sepals. Flowers are star-shaped, about 1.5 cm in diameter, white, anthers oblong, about 2 mm long, opening with apical pores, ovary densely velvety, style 4-6 mm long, hairless. Fruit is round, 8-12 mm in diameter, velvety, dull yellow when ripe. This plant was earlier believed to be S. verbascifolium, which is actually a different species from South America. Flowering: All year.
Identification credit: J. M. Garg
The flower labeled Big Eggplant is ...