Solanum Nigrum



Family Name: Solanaceae

Botanical Name(s): Solanum Nigrum

Popular Name(s): Black Night Shade, Makoy, Deadly Nightshade, Garden Nightshade, Kakamachi.

Parts Used: Fruits, whole plant

Habitat: Grows as a weed all over dry parts of India

Description: Its erect, angular, branching stem grows 1 to 2 feet high and may be glabrous or covered with inward- bent hairs. The leaves are alternate, dark green, ovate, and wavy-toothed or nearly entire. The fruit is a many-seeded, pea-sized, purple or black berry.

Uses: The juice of the fresh herb is sometimes used for fever and to allay pain. The fruit is used as a cosmetic as rubbing the seeds on the cheeks remove freckles. Children extensively eat the mature fruit. The fruit has been used for diabetes.