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Taxon: Solanum brevicaule Bitter

Genus: Solanum subgenus: Potatoe section: Petota subsection: Potatoe
Family: Solanaceae subfamily: Solanoideae tribe: Solaneae
Nomen number: 100857
Place of publication: Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11:390. 1912
Name verified on: 21-Nov-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-Nov-2010
Species priority site is: Potato Germplasm Introduction Station (NR6).
Accessions: 551 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • only available ) NPGS core subset accessions for the crop ‘POTATO’ ) or .
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: cold tolerance for potato   (fide Potato EGR)
  • Gene sources: disease resistance for potato   (for Erwinia and for Verticillium wilt fide Pl Breed Rev 19:106. 2000, as S. gourlayi, S. sparsipilum; Pl Breed Rev 19:123. 2000, for PVX, as S. × sucrense)
  • Gene sources: pest resistance for potato   (to potato cyst nematode (as Solanum oplocense) fide Potato EGR)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of potato   (diploid & 2EBN fide Handb Potato 26. 2006)

Distributional range:

    Western South America: Bolivia - Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Potosi, Santa Cruz, Tarija; Peru - Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huancavelica, Lima, Puno
    Southern South America: Argentina - Catamarca, Jujuy, La Rioja, Salta, San Juan, Tucuman


  • Ames, M. & D. M. Spooner. 2010. Phylogeny of Solanum series Piurana and related species in Solanum section Petota based on five conserved ortholog sequences. Taxon 59:1091–1101.
  • Berg, R. G. van den et al. 1998. Collapse of morphological species in the wild potato Solanum brevicaule complex (Solanaceae: sect. Petota). Amer. J. Bot. 85:92–109.
  • Correll, D. S. 1962. The potato and its wild relatives. Contr. Texas Res. Found., Bot. Stud. 4:1-606. 437.
  • Hawkes, J. G. & J. P. K. Hjerting. 1989. The potatoes of Bolivia: their breeding value and evolutionary relationships.
  • Hawkes, J. G. 1963. A revision of the tuber-bearing solanums. II. Rec. Scott. Pl. Breed. Sta. 76–181.
  • Hawkes, J. G. 1990. The potato: evolution, biodiversity, and genetic resources. 159.
  • Hetterscheid, W. L. A. et al. 1996. An annotated history of the principles of cultivated plant classification. Acta Bot. Neerl. 45:157–171.
  • Instituto de Botánica Darwinion. 2008. Flora del Conosur. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares.
  • Jacobs, M. M. J. et al. 2008. AFLP analysis reveals a lack of phylogenetic structure within Solanum section Petota. B. M. C. Evol. Biol. 8:145, 12 pp.
  • Miller, J. T. & D. M. Spooner. 1999. Collapse of species boundaries in the wild potato Solanum brevicaule complex (Solanaceae, S. sect. Petota): molecular data. Pl. Syst. Evol. 214:103–130. [evidence for recognizing the taxon in a broad sense].
  • Ochoa, C. M. 1990. The potatoes of South America: Bolivia. 197.
  • PBI Solanum Project. Solanaceae source: a global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family (on-line resource).
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Salas, A. R. et al. 2001. Taxonomy and new collections of wild potato species in central and southern Peru in 1999. Amer. J. Potato Res. 78:201.
  • Spooner, D. M. & A. Salas. 2006. Chapter 1. Structure, biosystematics, and genetic resources. Pp. 1–39 in: Gopal, J. & S. M. Paul Khurana, eds., Handbook of Potato Production, Improvement, and Postharvest Management.
  • Spooner, D. M. & R. J. Hijmans. 2001. Potato systematics and germplasm collecting, 1989-2000. Amer. J. Potato Res. 78:251.
  • Spooner, D. M. et al. 2014. Systematics, diversity, genetics, and evolution of wild and cultivated potatoes. Bot. Rev. (Lancaster) 80:283–383.


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