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nightshade family

the plant family Solanaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, trees, shrubs, and vines having alternate, simple or pinnate leaves, conspicuous flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including belladonna, eggplant, nightshade, peppers of the genus Capsicum, petunia, potato, tobacco, and tomato. Unabridged
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  • Some berries of several plants belonging to the nightshade family have this peculiarity, as well as some of the cucurbits.

    Seed Dispersal William J. Beal

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