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 8 Oct 2015

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. bicolor)

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. alviteziana - 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

J. nitida - Venezuela

J. atiquipa - Peru, lomas de Atiquipa

J. oaxaca unpublished -Mexico

J. auriculata - Andes

J. oppositifolia - Peru

J. aypatensis- northern Peru

J. pallascana - northern Peru

J. bernardelloana - Peru

J. "pamparomas" - Ancash, Peru

J. bicolor - Peru

J. paneroi - northern Peru

J. biflora - Peru

J. parviflora - Peru

J. bohsiana - Mexico

J. pauciseminata - northern Peru

J. cajacayensis - Peru

J. pequenita unpublished- Peru

J. cajamarca - Peru

J. pilosissima - Peru

J. calliantha - Peru

J. procumbens; Arizona, USA into the Andes

J. chiapensis unpublished - southern Mexico

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

J. chihuahuensis - northern Mexico

J. propinqua - Peru

J. chotanae - northern Peru

J. quipuscoae - southern Peru

J. confinis - Guatemala

J. repandidentata - Mexico through Bolivia

J. contumacensis - Peru

J. sagastegui - northern Peru

J. cuyasensis - Peru

J. salpoensis - northern Peru

J. darcyana - Costa Rica

J. sanchez-vegae - northern Peru

J. dendroidea, J. tayabambae- northern Peru

J. sanctae-martae - Colombia

J. dentata - Peru

J. sanmiguelina - northern Peru

two doubtful species of Peru: J. contorta, diffusa

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

J. diversa - southern Peru

J. spooneri - southern Peru

J. glomeruliflora - Peru

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

J. grandiflora - Mexico

J. umbellata - Peru

J. grandibaccata, J. guillermo-guerrae - Peru

J. "uyurpampa" - Peru

J. herrerae - J. dilloniana - Peru and Bolivia

J. ventricosa - Peru

J. huancabambae - northern Peru

J. viridiflora - Andes north of Peru

J. hunzikeri - Peru, Department Lima

J. weberbaueri - Peru

J. incahuasina - northern Peru

J. werffii - Galápagos Islands

J. lanata - Peru

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

J. leivae - Peru

J. yungayensis - Peru

J. lezamae - Peru

Wurdack1177 - Peru, Amazonas

J. "libertadii" = Mione et al. 650

Mione, Leiva & Yacher 744 (Leiva 3647)



How to grow
Jaltomata species

Geographic distribution
of fruit color

Instructions and questions for students working with me

How to estimate
pollen quantity

Photos of Collaborators

Essays about collecting in Peru in 1998 and 1999 

Nomenclatural history


Rare species with orange nectar needs prickly neighbor

Map of species
of Peru

Preliminary Ideas about phylogeny

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