Jaltomata Schlechtendal (Solanaceae)
Professor Thomas Mione, Central Connecticut State University,
Biology Department, Copernicus Hall, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, Connecticut 06050-4010,
United States. MioneT @ CCSU dot edu; page revised 2024

of the genus Jaltomata

Edible Jaltomata

Corolla changes color
as it ages

Local names used for Jaltomata

Publications by Thomas Mione and collaborators

keys to Jaltomata species

Medicinal uses
of Jaltomata

Pollination of Jaltomata

Floral Mimicry

Convergent/Parallel evolution within the genus Jaltomata


Many Jaltomata species have
short-tubular corollas (J. mionei

Red nectar

Some Jaltomata have tubular
flowers (J. aijana)

Recent discovery

Many species of the Andes and one on the Galápagos have orange fruits

Most Jaltomata species are protogynous.

Costa Rica: three species where
earlier workers recognized one

Species having black/dark purple fruits range from Arizona, USA to Bolivia


Literature cited in
this web site

Genetics Parents Graphs

Chromosome counts of Jaltomata species

Self-compatibility is normal in Jaltomata

Epiphyte at Monteverde, Costa Rica

Habitat & Geographic Distribution of the genus Jaltomata

Genetics Graphs

Excluded species and synonyms

Specimens studied

Mione & Leiva's specimens

sections of the genus Jaltomata




Click on any of the following species to see photos and geographic distribution

J. aijana - Peru J. lezamae - Peru

J. alviteziana - Peru

J. "libertadii" = Mione et al. 650
J. amazona - Peru

J. lojae - southern Ecuador and northern Peru

J. andersonii - Peru

J. lomana - Peru

J. angasmarcae, J. anteropilosa - Peru

J. mionei - Peru

J. antillana - Greater Antilles

J. neei - northern Peru

J. aspera - Peru

J. nigricolor - Peru, La Libertad

J. athahuallapae - Peru

J. nitida - Venezuela

J. atiquipa - Peru, lomas de Atiquipa

J. oaxaca unpublished -Mexico

J. aricapampae - northern Peru

J. oppositifolia - Peru

J. auriculata - Andes

J. pallascana - northern Peru

J. aypatensis- northern Peru

J. paneroi - northern Peru

J. bernardelloana - Peru

J. parviflora- Peru

J. bicolor - Peru

J. pauciseminata - northern Peru

J. biflora - Peru

J. pequenita unpublished- Peru

J. bohsiana - Mexico

J. pilosissima - Peru

J. cajacayensis - Peru

J. procumbens; Arizona, USA into the Andes

J. cajamarca - Peru

two un-named new varieties of J. procumbens:
Mexico Guatemala

J. "callacallense" - Peru

J. propinqua - Peru

J. calliantha - Peru

J. quipuscoae - southern Peru

J. "chiapensis" unpublished - southern Mexico

J. repandidentata - Mexico through Bolivia

J. chihuahuensis - northern Mexico

J. sagastegui - northern Peru

J. chotanae - northern Peru

J. salpoensis - northern Peru

J. confinis - Guatemala

J. sanchez-vegae - northern Peru

J. contorta, diffusa - Peru

J. sanctae-martae - Colombia

J. contumacensis - Peru

J. sanmiguelina - northern Peru

J. cuyasensis - Peru

J. sinuosa - Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

J. darcyana - Costa Rica

J. spooneri - southern Peru

J. dendroidea, J. tayabambae- northern Peru

J. tlaxcala- Mexico

J. dentata - Peru

J. truxillana - Peru, Department La Libertad, Cerro Campana

J. diversa - southern Peru

J. umbellata - Peru

J. estilopilosa - northern Peru

J. "uyurpampa" - Peru

J. glomeruliflora - Peru

J. ventricosa - Peru

J. grandiflora - Mexico

J. viridiflora - Andes north of Peru

J. grandibaccata, J. guillermo-guerrae - Peru

J. weberbaueri - Peru

J. herrerae - J. dilloniana - Peru and Bolivia

J. weigendiana - Peru

J. huancabambae - northern Peru

J. werffii - Galápagos Islands

J. hunzikeri - Peru, Department Lima

J. yacheri - Peru; Mione, Leiva & Yacher 749 (Leiva 3651)

J. incahuasina - northern Peru

J. yungayensis - Peru

J. lanata - Peru


J. leivae - Peru

Mione, Leiva & Yacher 744 (Leiva 3647)



How to grow
Jaltomata species

Geographic distribution
of fruit color

Instructions and questions for students
working with T.M.

How to estimate
pollen quantity

Photos of Collaborators

Preliminary Ideas about phylogeny

Nomenclatural history


Rare species with orange nectar needs prickly neighbor

Map of species
of Peru

Cleistogamy has been seen in cultivated
plants of one species

Professor Thomas Mione, Biology Department, Central Connecticut State University,
Copernicus Hall, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, Connecticut 06050-4010, United States.
email: MioneT@CCSU.edu