Asteridae -Solanales
Which Family?
Biology 301 - Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
Herbs, shrubs, and some trees in about 85 genera and 2,800 species with a tendency toward rotate
corollas (esp. in the large [ca. 1,400 species] genus Solanum).  Also, anthers are often conspicuous and anther dehiscence is frequently poricidal. Fruit is either capsular or baccate with axile placentation, usually in two locules.  Many taxa poisonous but also includes significant foods plants, such as the potato (Solanum tuberosum - Andean), tomato (Solanum lycopersicum - Central America), and American Chili peppers (Capsicum - several species - North and South America).  Toxicity, maily due to various alkaloids, is indicated by tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum), deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), and jimson weed (Datura stramonium).

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