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Solanum neocardenasii

Common Name(s) Papa de zorro 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.
Clade Neocardenasii (Spooner 2017)
Series Tuberosa
Ploidy Diploid (2x)
Self-compatible No
Unknown (BB or PP?)
Cytoplasm Type  
Hawkes & Hjerting: Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 86: 411. 1983.


Solanum neocardenasii distribution Map note

Solanum neocardenasii (cardenasii for Bolivian botanist Martin Cardenas and neo- because S. cardenasii had been used previously) is a dryland species from eastern Bolivia.  Plants roughly six inches to a foot tall.  Stolons about a foot long.  Tubers small, less than an inch, round to ovoid.  Flowers white.  Berries round, about half an inch in diameter.

S. neocardenasii and its close relative S. stipuloideum appear to be the closest South American relatives to the North American wild potato species (Spooner 2018).

This species has both type A and B glandular trichomes which provide resistance to aphids by entrapment, similar to S. berthaultii (Lapointe 1986).

Subramanian (2017) found that at least some accessions of this species have unusually low dry matter content.

This species has been tentatively classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List (Cadima 2014).


Condition Type Level of Resistance Source
Alfalfa Mosaic Virus (AMV) Virus Resistant Horvath 1989
Globodera pallida (Pale Cyst Nematode) Invertebrate Resistant Castelli 2003
Globodera rostochiensis (Potato Cyst/Golden Nematode) Invertebrate Resistant Castelli 2003
Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Colorado Potato Beetle) Invertebrate Resistant Dimock 1986
Myzus persicae (Green Peach Aphid) Invertebrate Resistant Lapointe 1986
Phytophthora infestans (Late Blight) Fungus Not resistant Bachmann-Pfabe 2019
Potato Virus Y (PVY) Virus Resistant Horvath 1989

Glykoalkaloid content




I have had no success germinating this species, despite several attempts.  I don’t know if it requires different conditions than S. tuberosum or if I have simply had bad luck.


Crosses with S. tuberosum

Female Male Berry Set Seed Set Germination Ploidy Source
S. tuberosum S. neocardenasii Low None     Jackson 1999
S. neocardenasii S. tuberosum None None     Jackson 1999

Crosses with other species

Female Male Berry Set Seed Set Germination Ploidy Source


Solanum neocardenasii at Solanaceae Source

Solanum neocardenasii at GRIN Taxonomy


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