|Brazilian Nichtshade (Solanum seaforthianum)|
Solanum is a lairge an diverse genus o flouerin plants, includin twa fuid crops o the heichest economic importance, the tattie an the tomato. It an aa contains the nichtshades an horsenettles, as well as numerous plants cultivatit for thair ornamental flouers an fruit.
Solanum species shaw a wide range o growin habits, such as annual an perennials, vines, subshrubs, shrubs, an smaa trees. Mony umwhile independent genera lik Lycopersicon (the tomatoes) an Cyphomandra are nou includit in Solanum as subgenera or sections. Thus, the genus the day contains roughly 1,500-2,000 species.