Solanum is a large and diverse genus of flowering plants, which include three food crops of high economic importance, the potato, the tomato and the eggplant.It also contains the nightshades and horse nettles, as well as numerous plants cultivated for their ornamental flowers and fruit.
The name Solanaceae derives from the genus Solanum, "the nightshade plant". The etymology of the Latin word is unclear. The name may come from a perceived resemblance of certain solanaceous flowers to the sun and its rays. At least one species of Solanum is known as the "sunberry".
This is a list of species in the plant genus Solanum.There may be up to approximately 1500 species worldwide. With some 800 accepted specific and infra-specific taxa of the more than 4,000 described, the genus Solanum contains more species than any other genus in the family Solanaceae and it is one of the largest among the angiosperms.
Oct 29, 2017 · Solanum is a large, variable genus of annual plants and perennial plants, forbs, vines, sub-shrubs, shrubs, and small trees. They often have attractive fruit and flowers. Most are poisonous, but many bear edible fruits, leaves, or tubers, and the genus includes several cultivated species, including three major food crops: Tomatoes, Potatoes, and Eggplan
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The potato is a root vegetable native to the Americas, a starchy tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum, and the plant itself is a perennial in the nightshade family, Solanaceae.  Wild potato species , originating in modern-day Peru , can be found throughout the Americas, from the United States to southern Chile . 
The tomato is the edible, often red berry of the plant Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. The species originated in western South America and Central America .   The Nahuatl (the language used by the Aztecs ) word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish word tomate , from which the English word tomato derived.
Solanum nigrum, the European black nightshade or simply black nightshade or blackberry nightshade, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Solanum, native to Eurasia and introduced in the Americas, Australasia, and South Africa.
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Solanum is a common zombie virus in The Zombie Survival Guide. While not addressed by this name in World War Z, the book references material from the Survival Guide as both are set in the same universe and describe the same disease. Other names include African Rabies, the Walking Plague, and the Blight, among others. Illustration from The Zombie Survival Guide.
Solanum begins to transform the host from human into a zombie once it is introduced into the body. Through means not yet fully understood, the virus uses the cells of the brains' frontal lobe for replication, destroying them in the process.
Despite exhaustive (and continuing) searching across the world, no isolated sample has ever been found in nature. The source and most of the abilities of the virus remain unexplained. Potential evidence of its existence dates back to 60,000 B.C in Katanda, Central Africa, where thirteen crushed skulls were found alongside rupestrian art depicting a humanoid figure with the body of another human inside its mouth. The oldest confirmed instance traces back to 3,000 B.C in Hieraconpolis, Egypt, wher...
A potato is a root vegetable, the Solanum tuberosum. It is a small plant with large leaves. ... Books - Entertainment". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
Solanum is a fictional virus that turns people into zombies in The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z novel. It is highly infectious, incurable, and gives its transformed victims mysterious properties. Although Solanum outbreaks are as old as humanity, the largest outbreak halved the human population, crashed the global economy, and either outright destroyed or massively transformed many ...