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Naranjilla

Lulo/Naranjilla
Whole and transversely-cut lulos Scientific classificationKingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. quitoense
Binomial name Solanum quitoense
Lam.

The naranjilla[na.ɾan.ˈxi.ʎa] or lulo [ˈlu.lo] in (Ecuadorian Spanish) or lulo [ˈlu.lo] (Colombian Spanish, from Quechua) (Solanum quitoense Lam.) is a subtropical perennial plant from northwestern South America. The juice of the naranjillas is green and is often used as a beverage. The naranjilla fruit is harvested when fully ripe to avoid the fruit becoming sour. The naranjilla plant is attractive, with large heart shaped leaves up to 30cm in length. The leaves and stems of the plant are covered in short purple hairs. Naranjilla are delicate plants and must be protected from strong winds and direct sunlight. They grow best in partial shade.

The specific epithet quitoense was named after Quito.

USDA/NRCS symbol (abbreviation): SOQU

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