|Hawkes & Hjerting: Scott. Pl. Breed. Stat. Rec. 1963: 126, 171. 1963.
Solanum lesteri is a woodland plant, native to Mexico, where is is known only from Oaxaca. Plants range from just over a foot to about 4.5 feet tall. Fruits long and severely pointed. Leaves are densely covered with glandular hairs.
The specific epithet, lesteri, honors Richard N. Lester, the British botanist who first collected the species. While there is no completely standardized pronunciation for scientific names, the most common way to pronounce this species is probably so-LAY-num LES-ter-ee.
|Level of Resistance
|Alternaria solani (Early Blight)
|Pectobacterium carotovorum (Blackleg/Soft Rot)
|Phytophthora infestans (Late Blight)
|Potato Virus Y (PVY)
I have found seeds of this species easy to germinate using the standard conditions for S. tuberosum. Seedlings are large and robust compared to most wild species and domesticated varieties.
EBN has not been established for this species. Most B genome potatoes have 1EBN, but Tiwari (2019) shows this species grouping closely with S. polyadenium, the only known member of the B genome with 2EBN.
Crosses with S. tuberosum
Crosses with other species