The Solanaceae Family was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.
Plants of the World Online lists 98 accepted genera in this family commonly known as the nightshade family.
Members of this family include annuals, perennials, vines, lianas, epiphytes, trees, and shrubs. It includes a number of vegetables, herbs, spices, weeds and highly toxic plants.
Some of our favorite vegetables are in this genera including tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers. Tobacco is also in this family.
The Petunia and Angel Trumpets (Brugmansia and Datura) are also in this family.
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