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"Solanum chloranthum" redirects here. This refers to the name as established by Michel Félix Dunal. Other scientists have applied this taxon to other species; see below.
Tropical Soda Apple
Closeup of flowers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. viarum
Binomial name
Solanum viarum

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Solanum viarum, the Tropical Soda Apple, is a perennial shrub native to Brazil and Argentina with a thorny stock and thorny leaves. The fruit is golf ball sized with the coloring of a watermelon. It is sometimes considered an invasive species in the lower eastern coastal states of the United States.


This species has been referred to under some other names, in particular one of which is very ambiguous:[1]

  • Solanum chloranthum DC.
S. chloranthum as described by Poeppig based on Otto Sendtner in von Martius is now S. velutinum
S. chloranthum as described by Philipp Salzmann based on Dunal in de Candolle is now S. agrarium
S. chloranthum as described by C.P.J. Sprengel is now S. arenarium as described by Otto Sendtner
  • Solanum khasianum var. chatterjeeanum Sengupta & Sengupta
S. khasianum proper is now S. aculeatissimum as described by Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin.
  • Solanum viridiflorum Schltdl.
Not to be confused with S. acuminatum var. viridiflorum, which is now S. caavurana.


  1. ^ Solanaceae Source (2005)


  • Solanaceae Source (2006): – Solanum viarum. Version of April 2006. Retrieved 2008-SEP-25.

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