Jaltomata contorta (R. & P.) Mione
revised 28 July 2016
The information on this page may be cited as a communication with professor Thomas Mione, Central Connecticut State University, Biology Department, Copernicus Hall, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050-4010 USA, and
Segundo Leiva G., Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego, Av. América Sur 3145, Casilla postal 1075, Trujillo, Peru
Brittonia 51(1): 31-33. 1999.
Link to Jaltomata homepage Literature cited in this website
Link to reported medicinal use
Link to table of Jaltomata species Department Lima, Peru

Figure 1.

Jaltomata contorta on left


herkogamy: note that staminal filaments are represented as angling away from the style, proximal to distal


Image presumably from Ruiz & Pavon's Flora Peruviana et Chilensis





basionym: Saracha contorta R. & P.,  Fl. Peruv. et Chil. 2: 43. tab. 180. 1799.

Type Collector & #:  Ruiz fide the photospecimen at WIS

Type Locality: Peru; Department Lima, province Canta, Obrajillo
Obrajillo is at 2,732 m; 76 36' 33" W long., 11 26' 40" S lat., information from Instituto Geografico Nacional Peru

Date of type coll.: 3-7 Feb 1788 (information from book describing the travels of Ruiz & Pavon)

Lectotype: G!          Isolectotype: B-destroyed, F neg. 2549 G!, WIS!

no type material is held by MA (Benitez de Rojas, Rev. Fac. Agron. [Maracay], IX(1):91-92, 1976)

Redescribed: G. Don, Gen. Syst. 4: 452. 1838. Dunal, DC. Prodr. 13(1): 430. 1852. Macbride 1962.

Bellinia contorta
(R. & P.) Roemer & Schultes, Syst. Veg. 4: 689. 1819.
Atropa contorta
(R. & P.) Sprengel, Spreng. Syst. Veget. 1: 699. 1825-1828.
Witheringia contorta
(R. & P.) Miers, Ann. and Mag. of Nat. Hist., second series, 11: 92. 1853. Ill. S. Amer. Pl. 2: App. 56. 1857.

Distribution: At the herbarium MOL in Peru, Graciela Vilcapoma Segovia told Thomas Mione (year 2005) that she crisscrossed Obrajillo (Peru, Dept. Lima, province Canta), knowing the area intimately, and never found this species. As well, Segundo Leiva G., Leon Yacher and Thomas Mione were unable to find this species in the Obrajillo area.

The type of J. contorta was a cultivated specimen (see protologue
). The type most closely resembles J. procumbens, and the type specimen, had it never been designated a type specimen, would merely be annotated as J. procumbens.