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Small cocona seedling, a few months old
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. sessiliflorum
Binomial name
Solanum sessiliflorum
Dunal, 1814 [1]

Solanum alibile R.E.Schult.
Solanum arecunarum Pittier (nomen nudum)
Solanum topiro Dunal

Ripe cocona fruits ready to be eaten

Solanum sessiliflorum or Cocona is a tropical plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. The cocona plant has sturdy branches and huge, serrate and hairy leaves. Its flowers are like large potato flowers, with light green petals. The fruit of cocona is a red, orange or yellow edible berry. Cocona hails from South America, where it is occasionally cultivated to be used for human consumption.

Cocona can also be grown as an indoor ornamental plant in colder areas, but it seems to be quite sensitive to spider mites, so care should be taken not to keep it in too dry air during winter. During summer, it can be grown outside or in a cold greenhouse. Cocona plant cannot tolerate frost.

Described on the Discovery Channel show Survivorman while in the Amazon Jungle in late 2007, they were said to provide a "flavor explosion," with a taste between a lemon and a tomato.

Solanum georgicum and Solanum hyporhodium were (and sometimes still are) included in this species, but they are generally treated as distinct today.[2]


  1. ^ in J.L.M. Poiret, Encyclopedie Methodique. Botanique, Supplement 3: 775. 3 Sep. 1814.
  2. ^ a b Solanaceae Source (2005)


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