Location: Vegetable Crops Research Unit
Title: Solanum Section Petota for the Flora of North America Author
Submitted to: Flora of North America
Publication Type: Monograph
Publication Acceptance Date: January 15, 2013
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Flora of North America Project will treat more than 20,000 species of plants native or naturalized in North America north of Mexico, about 7% of the world's total. This contribution presents a floristic account of the two species of wild potatoes (Solanum section Petota) occurring in North America, Solanum jamesii and Solanum stoloniferum. These results publish, for the first time, in one published reference source, information on the names, taxonomic relationships, continent-wide distributions, and morphological characteristics of all plants native and naturalized found in North America north of Mexico. Each treatment includes scientific and common names, taxonomic descriptions, identification keys, distribution maps, illustrations, summaries of habitat and geographic ranges, pertinent synonomy, chromosome numbers, phenology, ethnobotanical uses and toxicity, and other relevant biological information. The results will be of use to a wide range of users, to include taxonomists, biogeographers, ecologists, conservationists, and plant breeders.