- n Solandra shrubby climbers of tropical America
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n solandra A genus of solanaceous plants, of the tribe Atropeæ. It is characterized by solitary flowers with a long calyx-tube, an obliquely funnel-shaped corolla with broad imbricated lobes and induplicate sinuses, five stamens, and a two-celled ovary imperfectly four-celled by false partitions, forming in fruit a pulpy berry half-protruded from the torn membranous calyx. The 4 species are all American and tropical. They are lofty climbing coarse shrubby plants, with entire smooth fleshy and coriaceous shining leaves, clustered near the ends of the branches, and very large terminal white, yellowish, or greenish flowers on fleshy pedicels. S. grandiflora, S. longiflora, and other species are sometimes cultivated from the West Indies under the name trumpet-flower, forming handsome greenhouse evergreens, usually grown as climbers, or, in S. longiflora, as small shrubs.