Nightshade family

Taxonomy

Kingdom
Plantae
Clade
Tracheophytes
Clade
Tracheophytes
Clade
Eudicots
Clade
Asterids
Clade
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Order
Solanales
Family
Solanaceae

Names

English family name
Nightshade family
Norwegian family name
Søtvierfamilien

Basic characteristics

Number of genera
98
Number of species
2 700
Description

The Solanaceae, or nightshades, are a family of flowering plants that ranges from annual and perennial herbs to vines, lianas, epiphytes, shrubs, and trees, and includes a number of agricultural crops, medicinal plants, spices, weeds, and ornamentals.

Common traits
Many members of the family contain potent alkaloids, and some are highly toxic, but many—including tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell and chili peppers—are used as food.

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Date Modified:
2020/04/02 8:11:07 AM
 
Species (Botanical binom.)
Solanum tuberosum