Thick-Petal Nightshade
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Thick-Petal Nightshade
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Thick-Petal Nightshade • Mizo: Vani-an-chi-khat
Botanical name: Lycianthes crassipetala    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Lycianthes laevis subsp. crassipetala, Solanum crassipetalum

Thick-Petal Nightshade is a herbaceous shrub, up to 1.5 m tall, with fairly large, undivided, finely hairy leaves. Leaves are unequal paired; leaf-stalk of major leaf 5-10 mm, that of minor leaf 3-5 mm; blade of major leaf elliptic, 10-20 x 4-8 cm, base wedge-shaped, margin entire, tip tapering; blade of minor leaf resembling that of major leaf, 3-8 x 1.5-3.5 cm. Flowers are light purple to white, with cup-shaped sepal-cup, 2-3 x 2-3 mm, tip entire, sometimes with 1 tooth about 0.5 mm. Flowers turn into round red berries that may be edible. Thick-Petal Nightshade is widespread in tropical forests from NEortheast India to China and New Guinea, between 100 and 2300 meters.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Mawmrang tlang, Mizoram.

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