Cockroach Berry
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Cockroach Berry
P Naturalized Unknown Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Cockroach Berry, devil’s apple, love apple, red soda apple, soda apple
Botanical name: Solanum capsicoides    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Solanum ciliatum, Solanum macowanii, Solanum arrebenta

Cockroach Berry usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall but also flowers when smaller. Leaf blades are about 4-8 x 4-7 cm, hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces also with erect, straight about 4-10 mm long spines present on both surfaces particularly along the midrib and main lateral veins. Leaf-stalks are about 1.5-2.5 cm long. Leaf blade margins are coarsely lobed with 2 or 3 lobes on each side. Twigs and leaf-stalks also armed with spines. Inflorescence axis, flower-stalks and calyx are armed with straight spines. Flower-stalks are about 1.0-2.5 cm long, calyx about 4-6 mm long, sepals about 2-3 mm long. Flowers are about 2-3 cm across. Anthers are orange, about 5-7 mm long, filaments somewhat flattened or winged. Ovary is clothed in fine short glandular hairs, style short. Fruits are depressed globular, about 2.0-3.5 cm in diameter. Stalks are spiny, calyx green, spiny, persistent at the base of the fruit. Cockroach Berry is native probably to Brazil, and widely cultivated and naturalized.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Wagaman, Kerala.

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