The Solanaceaeare afamily of angiosperm plantsrepresented by more than 2,500 species inapproximately 90 generain present day flora of the planet having originated in Central and South America. Most of them are edible, others — poisonous, while some have both edible and poisonous parts.
The flowersare usually conical or infundibular (funnel-shaped) with fivepetals, often times accrete. The leaves are alternate, often with a mossy or sticky surface. The Solanaceaeplants give fruit that is either a fleshy or seed-containing as are tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.), or a capsule, as with the thornapple (Datura stramonium L.). The seedsare usually round and flat with a diameter of 2-4 mm. The stamens are usually a number divisible by 4 (most often 4 or 8).