Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Solanum seaforthianum
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Solanaceae -- The Nightshade Family Bibliography
      Solanum seaforthianum
General Information
DistributionNative to the West Indies, but widely grown as an ornamental and now naturalized in many tropical areas.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Climbers to 3-4 m tall with slender stems, unarmed, glabrous except with simple, few-celled hairs along leaf margins, on veins of lower surface, and on corolla margins and tips, a few short glandular hairs on peduncles and pedicels.
Leaves usually pinnatifid, alternate, ovate in outline, ca. 5-8 cm long, partly or completely pinnately divided to midrib into 3-9 lobes, lowest lobe often smaller, other lobes oblanceolate, short-petiolulate or broadly attached, sinuses rounded or acute, base oblique, petioles 2-4 cm long.
Flowers perfect, actinomorphic, few to 50 in showy panicles, at first terminal but soon becoming lateral by sympodial growth, pedicels slender, slightly thickened toward summit, ca. 1 cm long; calyx tubular, 1-2 mm long, the lobes short and obtuse, margins subentire; corolla mauve blue, stellate, deeply divided, the tube 2-3 mm long, the limb 2-3 cm in diameter, pubescent; stamens inserted on corolla tube; filaments 2-4 mm long; anthers oblong, stout, slightly unequal, ca. 4 mm long, opening by terminal pores; ovary glabrous or with a few glandular hairs; style 1, erect, 7-8 mm long; stigma terminal, capitate.
Berries bright shiny red, succulent, globose, ca. 1 cm in diameter.
Seeds reddish brown, compressed, 2-3 mm in diameter, shaggy pubescent.
2n = 24, 32