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Tropical Soda Apple

Scientific Name

Solanum viarum Dunal (ITIS)

Common Name

Tropical soda apple

Native To

South America (Waggy 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction

First discovered in 1988 (Waggy 2009)

Means of Introduction

Probably through contaminated seed or other agricultural products (Waggy 2009)


Crowds out native species and forage for livestock (Waggy 2009)

Tropical soda apple
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Tropical soda apple, foliage


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Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

Federally Regulated

  • Noxious Weeds Program

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • Includes species listed as a Federal Noxious Weed under the Plant Protection Act, which makes it illegal in the U.S. to import or transport between States without a permit.


Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.

Federal Government
International Government
State and Local Government
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Solanum viarum. [Accessed Sep 26, 2023].

  • Waggy, M.A. 2009. Solanum viarum. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.