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Research Article

Wild Relatives of the Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.: Solanaceae): New Understanding of Species Names in a Complex Group

  • Sandra Knapp mail,

    s.knapp@nhm.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom

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  • Maria S. Vorontsova,

    Affiliation: Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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  • Jaime Prohens

    Affiliation: Instituto de Conservación y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

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  • Published: February 22, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057039

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Solanum insanum

Posted by samuels2013 on 20 Mar 2013 at 14:52 GMT

Table 1. Madagascar is not generally given as part of the distribution of S. insanum-could you please indicate any evidence for this?

Page 9. Solanum insanum L. The broad circumscription of this taxon is a departure from some views. It is worth noting that the variation in habit (i.e. straggling-prostrate, or more erect forms) is found in S. melongena itself whereby, even within some landraces, both straggling-prostrate, and erect forms can occur. It also occurs in some African brinjal wild relatives. In addition, the variation in habit may simply manifest as a result of hybridisation between S. insanum and sympatric wild relatives. (These are more relevant examples than the wild tomato S. arcanum [-reference 48] which, as a perennial herb up to 1m. high, may eventually become straggling-prostrate under its own weight).

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