Turkey Berry
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Turkey Berry
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Turkey Berry, susumber • Hindi: Bhurat, Bhankatiya • Manipuri: ꯁꯤꯡꯈꯥꯡ Sing-khang • Marathi: Marang • Tamil: சுண்டைக்காய் Sundaikkai • Malayalam: Anachunda • Telugu: Kottuvastu • Kannada: ಚುಂಡೆ Chunde, ಚಿಟ್ಟಬದನೆ Chittabadane, ಕಾಡುಸೊಂಡೆ Kaadu sonde • Bengali: Tita bagoon • Assamese: Bhi-tita • Sanskrit: ब्रह्टी Brihati • Tangkhul: Kapkhathei • Nepali: सेतो विही Seto Bihi, ठुलो विहीं Thulo Bihin, कचेर Kacher, बिहि Bihi • Nepali: सेतो विही Seto Bihi, ठुलो विहीं Thulo Bihin, कचेर Kacher, बिहि Bihi • Mizo: Tawkpui
Botanical name: Solanum torvum    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)

Turkey berry is a broadleaved, evergreen, shrub 1.2-1.7 m or more tall. Stem and branches are sparsely prickly, star-shaped woolly. Leaves are 9-13 x 5-10.5 cm, ovate-wavy, star-shapedly velvet-hairy woolly, may have prickles along the midvein. Flowers are pale white, in compact panicle-like cymes. Flower-cluster-stalks are stout, 1.0-4.0 cm long. The stems are armed with stout, straight or lightly curved prickles. The alternate leaves are elliptical in shape, and range from unlobed to strongly lobed. Fruit are small yellow berries 1-1.5 cm in diameter. Once established, it can sprout from its roots, creating large thickets that could displace other vegetation. Turkey berry is found throughout the world’s tropical regions, although it is native to Central America. The young fruits are edible after cooking.
Medicinal uses: Whole plant is used as sedative, diuretic and stomachic. Fruit decoction is used to cure cough; useful in liver and spleen enlargement. Pounded roots are applied in cracks in the feet.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal & Bangalore.

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