Botanical name: Solanum chrysotrichum Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Solanum pluviale, Solanum truncatum, Solanum torvum var. pleiotomum
Giant Devil's Fig is a shrub or small tree up to 7.5 m tall, bearing prickles. Indumentum is star-shaped. Branches are densely hairy with rusty-brown hairs. Leaf-stalks are up to 11 cm long; blade 10-60 × 4-35 cm, broadly ovate to elliptic, leathery, rough; margin entire to deeply lobed with 7-13 rounded lobes, felty-brown-woolly and prickly beneath. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils. Calyx has linear or lanceshaped sepals, accrescent. Flower are white, 1.5-1.8 cm, petals ovate-oblong, 0.8-1.2 cm, pointed. Filaments are 1-2 mm; anthers oblong, 6-8 mm, style 8-10 mm. Fruits are green becoming yellowish to dull orange-yellow when ripe. Seeds are glossy, minutely warty. Giant Devil's Fig is native to Central America, now widespread.
Medicinal uses: According to popular classification of diseases considered as skin infections, water extracts from the leaves of S. chrysotrichum constitute the specific treatment for tinae (tirlapedis), scabies and other mycosis.
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