Solanum pseudocapsicun (Jerusalem cherry, Solomon's cherry, love cherry, winter cherry, Japanese cherry). Related species: S. sodomeum (Sodom's apple). A member of the plant family SOLANACEAE. Small shrub or pot plant with dark green leaves with toothed margins. Small white star-shaped flowers and small green, oval fruits, ripening to a bright red-orange colour. Ornamental house plant, seasonally popular.

[affected.gif] Animals most affected

[etiology.gif] Etiology
Chewing and/or ingestion of the fruit.

[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains the alkaloids solanine and solanocapsine, the latter present principally in the unripe fruit.
Toxic doses not known.

Clinical features
Gastrointestinal tract

Neurological effects

Generally good outcome, although with the possibility of death in severe cases.

[lesions.gif] Lesions
Non-specific and hardly apparent:

[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidotes. Symptomatic care only:

If indicated:

Case summaries
After it had eaten than ingesting Jerusalem cherry fruits, a dog presented with hyperpnoea, salivation, hypothermia (34 - 350C), clonic convulsions and died several hours post-ingestion. A second dog which had chewed some fruits presented with ataxia, anorexia and intermittent loss of consciousness. In this case a full recovery was made in 4 days.