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Solanum oxycarpum

Common Name(s) Papa cimarrona (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 oxc
Synonyms S. reconditum
Clade 3+4
Series Conicibaccata
Ploidy Tetraploid (4x)
Cytoplasm Type W (Hosaka 2014)


Solanum oxycarpum distribution Map note

Solanum oxycarpum (oxycarpum meaning “sharp fruit,” presumably referring to the pointed berries) is a central Mexican species, primarily found in cloud forest habitats.  Plants reach six feet tall.  Flowers blue to purple.  Berries long and conical.  Tubers small and whitish.  Correll (1962) reports that this species does not always form tubers.


Condition Type Level of Resistance Source
Colorado Potato Beetle Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Late Blight Fungus Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015

Glykoalkaloid content




Towill (1983) found that seeds of this species stored at 1 to 3 degrees C germinated at 24 to 100% after 27 years.


Crosses with S. tuberosum

Female Male Berry Set
Seed Set Ploidy Germ Source

Crosses with other species

Watanabe (1991) found that 9.2% of varieties of this species produced 2n pollen, which would be effectively octaploid and 4EBN.

Female Male Berry Set
Seed Set Ploidy Germ Source


Solanum oxycarpum at Solanaceae Source

Solanum oxycarpum at GRIN Taxonomy


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