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
Animals most affected
Chewing and/or ingestion of the fruit.
Contains the alkaloids solanine and solanocapsine, the latter present principally
in the unripe fruit.
Toxic doses not known.
diarrhoea, colic with abdominal pain and cramps.
mydriasis, tachycardia and, in severe cases, convulsions and coma.
Generally good outcome, although with the possibility of death in severe cases.
Non-specific and hardly apparent:
No antidotes. Symptomatic care only:
emtics: apomorphine, 0.2 mg/kg sc;
adsorbents (activated vegetable charcoal)
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.