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Six cultivars of Solanum macrocarpon (Solanaceae) in Ghana

Z. R. Bukenya, J. B. Hall
Bothalia | Vol 17, No 1 | a1018 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v17i1.1018 | © 1987 Z. R. Bukenya, J. B. Hall | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 1987 | Published: 23 October 1987

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Z. R. Bukenya, Botany Department, Makerere University, Uganda
J. B. Hall, Botany Department, Makerere University, Uganda

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Abstract

The  Solanum macrocarpon complex (the cultivated egg plant) has been studied in Ghana using morphological and experimental methods. Six cultivars belonging to the S.  macrocarpon complex have been recognized and described. The cultivars are  S. macrocarpon ‘Gboma’,  S. macrocarpon ‘Mankessim’,  S. macrocarpon ‘Akwaseho’,  S. macrocarpon ‘Kade’,  S. macrocarpon ‘Sarpeiman’ and  S. macrocarpon ‘Bui’. The very spiny, hairy plant traditionally called S. dasyphyllum is regarded as the wild ancestor from which the cultivars have been derived through a process of crop evolution. The variation within S. macrocarpon complex is attributable to genotypic differences and environmental factors.


Keywords

crop evolution; egg plant; Ghana; new cultivars; <i>Solanum dasyphyllum</i>; <i>Solanum macrocarpon</i> complex

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