Shrubs of Morni: Indian Nightshade

Indian NightshadePoison Berry/Brihatee/Bardhi Kateri (Solanum indicum) is a spreading shrub of open scrub land. Leaves are about 10 cm long . The flowers are purple. The berries are yellow when ripe. The prickly shrub can grow to a height of 1-5 metres. The roots of brihatee are used for preparing Ayurvedic medicines for treating cough, asthma, congestion and tuberculosis. It has narcotic properties and leaves were kept in cradles of children to promote sleep!! It has prickles but is less thorny than its shorter cousin the Yellow-berried Nightshade (Solanum virginianum)

 

Flower and berries of Brihatee or Bardhi Kateri (Solanum indicum), Water Harvesting Dam,Kamballah, Morni foothills

Flower and berries of Brihatee/ Indian Nightshade/ Bardhi Kateri (Solanum indicum), Water Harvesting Dam,Kamballah, Morni foothills

Brihatee or Bardhi Kateri (Solanum indicum), embankment of Water Harvesting Dam, Kamballah, Morni foothills

Brihatee or Bardhi Kateri (Solanum indicum), embankment of Water Harvesting Dam, Kamballah, Morni foothills