Solanaceae Source

A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family

Peru, November - December 2007

  • Collection trip: Republic of Peru
    Date collected:
    November 2007 to December 2007

    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. We were based in Lima at the Herbario Nacional (USM), and got a lot of help from the staff there.

    The first week was spent in and around Oxapampa, where the Missouri Botanical Garden has a project and a regional herbarium (HOXA). Collecting in this area was very fruitful, thanks to the help of José Mateo from HOXA. We then spent a few days collecting near the coast and the high Andes, before heading North to the city of Trujillo.

    The rest of the trip was spent with Segundo Leiva and Mario Zapata, from the Museo de Historia Natural at the Universidad Privada de Antenor Orrego (HAO). Segundo is a Solanaceae specialist and his help was invaluable as we collected over the Andes and into the Amazon Basin. Highlights from this part of the trip included the rarely collected Solanum angustialatum Bitter and Solanum chamaepolybotryon Bitter.

<p>Solanum-filled hills near Chatarra, Oxapampa. We stayed at this rustic field station and collected for three days.</p>

<p>Eric, Jos&eacute; Mateo, and Mar&iacute;a Paz at HOXA.</p>

<p>Waterfall near Yuncullmas, Oxapampa.</p>

<p>Lunch time: C&eacute;sar the chofer opening his can of tuna the macho way.</p>

<p>Jos&eacute; and Eric pressing plants by candlelight.</p>

<p>Coca tea at 5000 m.</p>

<p>The imposing Huascar&aacute;n, 6768 m.</p>

<p>The top of the 3000 m descent from Celend&iacute;n to Balsas, Cajamarca.</p>

<p>&quot;That&rsquo;s the road?!?&quot;</p>

<p>Curious locals. Segundo and Stephen with Solanum wendlandii Hook.f.. Mario told her that we were shamans!</p>

<p>Solanum nemorense Dunal from the Alto Mayo area, San Mart&iacute;n.</p>

<p>Eric and Mario get help from the local experts in Buenos Aires.</p>

<p>The bizarre fruits of Solanum chamaepolybotryon Bitter.</p>

<p>Segundo, Mario, and Stephen pressing plants.</p>

<p>Success! Stephen, Segundo, and Eric celebrate after collecting a spiny Solanum after a long hike.</p>

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