Solanum quitoense

  • T. K. LimEmail author

Scientific Name

Solanum quitoenseLam.


Solanum angulatum Ruiz & Pav., Solanum macrocarpon Molina, Solanum macrocarpon Pav. ex Dunal in DC. nomen nudum, Solanum nollanum Britton, Solanum quitense Kunth, Solanum quitoense f. septentrionale (R.E.Schult. & Cuatrec.) D’Arcy, Solanum quitoense var. septentrionale R.E.Schult.



Common/English Names

Lulo, Naranjilla, Quito-Orange.

Vernacular Names

  • Columbia: Lulo, Naranjilla;

  • Ecuador: Naranjilla;

  • French: Morelle De Quito, Naranjille, Orange De Quito;

  • German: Quito-Nachtschatten;

  • Spanish: Lulo, Naranjilla;

  • Swedish: Naranjilla.


Naranjilla is indigenous to the Andean countries of Columbia and Ecuador. The fruit is widely cultivated in Ecuador and Columbia and was also introduced to Central America where it is becoming a successful weed in montane regions of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama (Heiser 1972).


In its native range, naranjilla is found and cultivated at elevations of 1,500–2,400 m...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

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