Solanum torvum Sw. (Syn. (=) Solanum ficifolium Ortega);
Turkey berry, devil’s fig, prickley solanum, shoo-shoo bush, wild egg plant, susumber • Hindi: Bhurat, Bhankatiya • Marathi: Marang • Tamil: சுண்டைக்காய் Sundaikkai • Malayalam: Anachunda • Telugu: Kottuvastu • Kannada: Sundekkayi • Bengali: Tita bagoon • Assamese: Bhi-tita • Sanskrit: ब्रह्टी Brihati;
The raw fruits are used in Vattha kolumbu (a type of sambar without adding dal) is prepared in Tamil Nadu. It is very tasty with pongal !



Solanum torvum Sw. (accepted name) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Sharing some pictures I guess is of Solanum torvum Sw. (accepted name) shot at Surya Vinayak Bhaktapur  Nepal on 25 September 2016 at 5000 ft.
Nepali Name:

सेतो विही  Seto Bihi / ठुलो विहीं Thulo Bihin  / कचेर Kacher  / बिहि Bihi

Superb documentation, …

ID validation please.

I think matches with images at Solanum torvum


SK527 15 MAY-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

Location: Bhadrapur, Nepal 
Date: 22 April 2017
Altitude: 300ft.

Could it be Solanum torvum Sw.  at this altitude?

As per observations at Solanum torvum, it should not have been the issue.

Solanum torvum Sw. ?? : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
LocationKasara Resort Chitwan, Nepal
Altitude:  550 ft.

Date: 10 August 2014 

Yes, looks like Solanum torvum to me.

Yes, correctly identified..


Solanum torvum

Loc.: Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (ca 550m)
Uses: Fruits are boiled and eaten.


Small tree for ID:  Found this plant in a medicinal garden of Western suburb of Mumbai, flowering & fruiting…….is it Solanum torvum?

– Yes it is Solanum torvum.

Solanum torvum common call kathbaigan


Solanaceae Week: Solanum torvum from Manipur: Solanum torvum.


Kalatope Solanum id Al041312A:  A solanum Sp for id
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 1100 mts
Habit Shrub
Habitat wild
Height 6 feet
Season April

Maybe this is Solanum torvum

Yes …, I was waiting for an input from …, but he may not be able to interact for next 2-3 days as they are out for flower hunting in Uttrakhand… this plant should be S. torvum… we had shot the same during our Chakrata trip last year..

I have posted a similar plant in February, this year, maybe will be some use in this regard – efi thread

I hope … is right, Solanum torvum

Kindly help Id this shrub about 3 feet tall growing in a private society at Pune
Not sure if wild or planted. I can see thorns on the stems in the pics.

Leaves as seen in the pictures. No flowers or fruits were seen

This should be Solanum.

May be Solanum torvum Sw. from its morphology.

Agreeing with … id, Solanum torvum.

I was thinking about Solanum spp from the leaf morphology but I have seen only Solanum nigrum in real and the plant was very small in size, no thorns on stems and leaf margin not so much lobed. I would love to see the flowers of this plant .

July 2012

This plant flowered in April 2012 and the fruits formed in May 2012. When I went to check for the ripe fruits the plant was not there probably it was removed as it was growing wild. Attaching pictures of flowers and fruits.

Solanum torvum. Chundakkai in Tamil.  The raw fruits are used in Vattha kolumbu ( a type of sambar without adding dal) is prepared in Tamil Nadu. It is very tasty with pongal !

Solanum torvum Sw from Guwahati:  Attaching images of what looks like Solanum torvum Sw.
Date :08/11/2012
Location: Guwahati-17 [Dist- Kamrup(Metro)]
Family : Solanaceae
Genus & Species : Solanum torvum Sw
Habitat: Grows wild on road side
Habit :Shrub
Flower : White
Fruit : Seen

Solanum ¿ erianthum ?
This much chaotically branched shrub, though had slender stem, was about 10 – 15 ft tall, armed with short spines – most of the features reminded me of S. erianthum; please validate the ID.

at Mercara on March 30, 2011

Beautiful pictures … This looks like Solanum torvum to me.

Yes, this is Solanum torvum for me too.

Yes Prickles are clearly seen. Should be S. torvum.

Solanaceae Fortnight: Solanum torvum Sw. Feb2015sk14/32 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

My earlier upload of this wild species – efi thread

Nice photographs …


Solanaceae Fortnight:: Solanum torvum, Karnal -NS Feb 49/49 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

These pics are being shared from Karnal District Haryana..
Solanum torvum

Solanum torvum for validation Pune Maharashtra

Where is the problem …? I do not know if there is a look alike. For the past few days I have been examining several individuals. Most of the leaves are not prickly. A few somewhat shiny, but always have a feeling of felt when touched the surfaces. Attached here a few images recorded today. (24.2.15)

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Seen at the Farmers Market in Fremont.

Common name Thai Pea Eggplant.

Kindly validate.

Fruits do look like Solanum torvum .. Thanks for sharing this

Thank you … I have seen the plant in Mumbai.

did you see any ripe // yellow fruits in his basket?


Solanaceae Fortnight :: Solanum torvum :: MNP :: ARKFEB-26/32 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Attached are pictures of Solanum torvum captured at MNP in April 2014.

Requested to validate the ID.

thanks for sharing.


Solanum torvum from Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai.


Solanum torvum ? at Mumbai.

I think yes.

For me the D is correct.

growing wild? or is it a garden plant? very nice photography


Attached images are Solanum rudepannum Dunal from Assam.

As per Tropicos,

Solanum rudepannum Dunal is not distributed in India. Is it Cultivated ?


My specimen is Solanum torvum Sw. (synonym of Solanum rudepannum Dunal) and it is wild and available here.

The fruit of this plant is edible and taken as vegetable. In Assamese it is known as Borbhekuri.

Solanaceae Fortnight: Solanum torvum : RVS01 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)

Here are some of the pictures of Solanum torvum grown at the Ole Miss garden.

ole miss … nice upright bunch of fruits and full face of flower… very well done

NR250716-5 :  3 posts by 2 authors.
Find attached few pics for ID. Am new to this and am not very sure about the rules. Am giving enuf information here. If you need more info or something needs to be changed in the way i send stuff for ID, kindly lemme know. Thanks in advance.
Location: Bangalore


Solanum tarvum


Yercaud … (literally, lake forest), Tamil Nadu

… along ghat road near Gundur on outskirts … Date: January 24, 2018 … Altitude: about 1,623 m (5324 feet) asl
This Solanum plant seems different from S. torvum; the unlobed leaves, relatively lax cluster of flowers – seem different than those of S. torvum. Please help in ID; hopefully these (only) photos help.

A perfect case for Solanum torvum


at Bhadreshwar, Hooghly, West Bengal on 17/11/2007; Thekeddii area of Periyar- Aug’09?; in Pune- Oct’09?; Srirangapatna on 13-11-09; September 28, 2009 at 3.30pm IST: Saphale Ghat, Maharashtra; Chandagal, Mysore district 07 May 2010 5:47PM; 8th of July, 2008 & 31st March, 2009: Jijamata Udyan or ‘Rani Baug’, Mumbai; Mukali, near Attappadi, Kerala- May 15, 2010;    PLANT FOR IDENTIFICATION -32 – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Solanum torvum
Loc.: Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, ca 550 m
Date: April, 2006.

Solanaceae Week: Pl. find the attached file contain photo of Solanum torvum from NBNP Garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore.


Solanum sp. ID-02 25/02/2012 Hooghly (WB) SK : Attachments (6).  3 posts by 2 authors.

Posting images of Solanum torvum. Please confirm the ID.
Species : Solanum sp.
Date : 22-Feb-2012, 4.21 P.M.

Place : Garalgacha (Hooghly), West Bengal

Yes Solanum torvum


Requesting to please ID this plant captured by the roadside in Mumbai in October 2013.

Reminds me of Solanum torvum. Please confirm if the plant is armed with prickles.

Yes …

Thank you … and … for ID….

Sharing the images of Solanum torvum from Chennai.

Solanaceae Fortnight::Solanaceae sp for ID Feb-15 NSJ-15 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Solanaceae sp for ID

I hope Solanum torvum

Solanaceae Week: Solanum torvum PKFEB18/18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Our common Solanum species, Solanum torvum Sw.

Nice picture …, yes this is quite common in Western Himalayas too..

Attached are pictures of Solanum torvum captured at Mumbai in October 2013.

Was posted on the forum earlier and identified.

Yes, thanks …

Solanum torvum
At various places Pune

Sharing these pics from Chakrata, a common shrub in the area..
Solanum torvum

SK1019 16 MAR-2018 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- around 700 kb each.
Location: Godawari Botanical Garden, Nepal 
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 10 January 2017
Habit : Cultivated

Solanum . ID please !

Solanum sp.

May be S. torvum

Thank you …

Flower for Id – 21022019SH1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 1 MB.

Flower for id pl. Solanum torvum?
Location – Port Blair, Andaman
Date – Jan 2019

I think its correctly identified as Solanum torvum


Solanum Species for ID : Bangalore : 30JUN20 : AK-50 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Solanum Species seen growing wild by the roadside.

The plant was around two feet, with white flowers.

No fruits.

Looks like S. torvum.


Solanum torvum…….for validation: 2 images.
photos taken at Aambyvalley Rd.,Upper Lonavala,Pune in Oct.19.

Yes !


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