Potato or Nightshade family

FORM herbs colorless juice and twining plants, shrubs, and trees.

Genera        90      

Species  2000 in our area 47 (Gray); 42 (B&B)43

Distribution tropics and warm temperate

Flowers Trumpet-shapes, solitary or in cymes

#Parts 5 petals united at the base and flaring into a bell shaped corolla. 5 stamens calyx 3-6 lobes, 5 lobed corolla  

Symmetry Radial

Leaves alternate and simple

Cultivated species include potato, tomato, egg-plant, green and red peppers, and tobacco.