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Solanum colombianum

Common Name(s) Papa de duende, papa de indio, papa de vieja (Correll 1962) A black and white photo of a tray of Solanum brevicaule tubers. They are about 1 to 2 inches long, oval, and similar in form to baking potatoes.
Code col
Synonyms S. cacetanum, S. calacalinum, S. cuatrecasasii, S. filamentum, S. jaenense, S. moscopanum, S. nemorosum, S. orocense, S. otites, S. pamplonense, S. paramoense, S. subpanduratum, S. sucubunense, S. tundalomense
Clade 3+4
Series Conicibaccata
Ploidy Diploid (2x), tetraploid (4x), hexaploid (6x)
Tuberization Photoperiod Unknown
Self-compatible Yes (Lester 1991)
Unknown (AP?)
Cytoplasm Type M (Hosaka 2014)
Dunal: A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(1):33. 1852


Solanum colombianum distribution Map note

Solanum colombianum (colombianum should be self explanatory) is a woodland species ranging from southern Ecuador through Colombia and into Venezuela.  Plants up to two feet tall.  Stolons to about 16 inches.  Tubers whitish, ovoid, to about an inch.  Flowers white to light blue.  Berries conical.  Grows from roughly 7,200 to 12,500 feet (2200 to 3800 m) (Correll 1962).


Vega (1995) found that this species is less frost tolerant than domesticated potato.

Condition Type Level of Resistance Source
Early Blight Fungus Not resistant Jansky 2008
Frost Abiotic Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015 (as S. moscopanum)
Late Blight Fungus Not resistant Gonzales 2002
Late Blight Fungus Not resistant Bachmann-Pfabe 2019
Late Blight Fungus Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Potato Cyst Nematode (G. pallida) Invertebrate Not resistant Bachmann-Pfabe 2019
Potato Virus Y Virus Not resistant Cai 2011
Soft rot (P. carotovorum) Bacteria Somewhat resistant Chung 2011

Glykoalkaloid content

No information.




I have have found this species difficult to germinate and have been unsuccessful in getting the small number of seedlings produced to maturity.

Towill (1983) found that seeds of this species stored at 1 to 3 degrees C germinated at 62% after 20 years.


Watanabe (1991) found that 4.2% of varieties of this species produced 2n pollen.

Crosses with S. tuberosum

Female Male Berry Set
Seed Set Germ Ploidy Source
S. colombianum 4x S. tuberosum 4x None None     Jackson (1999)
S. colombianum 4x (as S. tundalomense) S. tuberosum 4x Low Moderate     Jackson (1999)
S. colombianum 6x (as S. moscopanum) S. tuberosum 4x Moderate Moderate     Jackson (1999)
S. tuberosum 4x S. colombianum 4x (as S. tundalomense) Minimal None     Jackson (1999)
S. tuberosum 4x S. colombianum 6x (as S. moscopanum) None None     Jackson (1999)

Crosses with other species

Female Male Berry Set
Seed Set Germ Ploidy Source
S. chomatophilum S. colombianum (as S. jaenense) Yes Very low     Ochoa 2004
S. colombianum (as S. jaenense) S. chomatophilum Yes No     Ochoa 2004


Solanum colombianum at Solanaceae Source

Solanum colombianum at GRIN Taxonomy

Solanum colombianum at CIP

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