Solanaceae Source

A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family

Field work

Specimens are crucial to the investigation of Solanum taxonomy. Whilst there are thousands of Solanum specimens housed in herbaria all around the world, collecting new samples is vital to expanding our current knowledge.

  • Sandy Knapp is going back to northern Peru with NHM colleague and dipterist (fly) curator Erica McAlister to collect insects off wild tomato and potatos in the Andes NE of Trujillo. Follow the blog on the NHM website for what they find!

  • Sandy Knapp is in Peru again, this time with the NHM team working on Solanaceae and their associated insects -  potatoes and tomatoes will be the targets. Follow her blog on the NHM blog site - collecting begins in the valleys of the department of Lima.

  • Sandy and Lynn are off to the forests of Brazil, to join Leandro Giacomin, Joao Stehmann and Isabella Rodrigues for collecting and Solanum fun! We will be in Bahia and Minas Gerais, with some conference action in the middle - follow the trip on the Seeking nightshades in South America blog at the NHM London.

  • Tiina Sarkinen and Sandy Knapp are in the field in Peru to study niche width and conservation risk for endemic nighshades. Follow the field work blog on the NHM's Nature Plus blog stream  Seeking wild nightshades in South America or on Tiina's new blog stream at Edinburgh as part of Botanics Stories

  • On the hunt for rare Solanaceae in Argentina. Follow Sandy's daily fieldwork blog here

  • Stephen Stern & Eric Tepe report on a successful five-week trip into fascinating cloud forests and steaming lowlands. With help from the Herbario Nacional (QCNE) Stephen, Eric and Freddy worked their way down the eastern slopes of the Andes, picking up a new species from the Herpystichum clade on the way.

  • Stephen Stern takes a lone trip in search of the unusual Solanaceae that inhabit the Iwokrama Reserve in Guyana and areas of Tobago.

  • Lynn Bohs and Stephen Stern took a 3-week trip to northeastern Brazil to attend the 59th Congresso Nacional de Botânica and collect Solanum

  • This five-week trip to Peru was focused on collecting Solanaceae on the eastern slopes of the Andes, one of the richest areas in the World for Solanum.

  • At the end of April and through the first half of May, Michael Nee (NY), Donald McClelland (NY), and Stephen Stern (UT) collected in Bolivia.

  • In March 2006 Sandy Knapp (BM) and Alex Monro (BM, Flora Mesoamericana project) spent three weeks in the region of Cerro Fabrega, on the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Cerro Fabrega (3300m) is one of the tallest peaks of the Cordillera de Talamanca, and sits just inside Panama (Fig. 1). We ascended from the Costa Rican side of Cerro Pittier, and walked for two days to reach Fabrega itself. The lower slopes of the mountains are cloaked with rich oak forest, containing huge individual trees (Fig. 2), while the peak of Fabrega itself is above the tree-line and is thick with bamboo (Fig. 3). Our camp was in a small patch of trees on the slopes of Cerro Itamut (Fig. 4).

  • This one week trip included visits to three sites as well as a brief visit to the INBio herbarium (INB). At Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo on Volcán Barva we collected Solanum vacciniiflorum and S. roblense as well as several species of Cestrum.

  • Native Australian Solanum species were the focus of this 4 week trip. Queensland alone contains over 80 indigenous Solanum species, with over 30 species recently described by Tony Bean.

    Bean and Bohs made several day and overnight field trips to collect Solanums for morphological and molecular studies. Time was also spent at the Queensland Herbarium (BRI) in Brisbane.

  • A group of Solanum species – section Regmandra – are found only on lomas. Collections were made at:

  • A two-week expedition was conducted in Ecuador's Cordillera del Condor, eastern Andean slopes and Amazon basin. The primary objective of this expedition was to study and collect Solanum section Nemorenese diversity.

  • Approximately 2 weeks were spent in the field, concentrating on collecting Solanaceae in southern Ecuador (Provs. Azuay, Loja, Zamora-Chinchipe).

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith