The Solanaceae /sɒləˈneɪʃiː/, or nightshades, are a family of flowering plants that ranges from annual and perennial herbs to vines, lianas, epiphytes. Image banner: ginseng roots, echinacea flowers, juniper berries, raspberry, shining willow. The Solanaceae, also known as the potato or deadly nightshade family. Solanaceae, the nightshade, or potato, family of flowering plants (order Solanales), with genera and nearly species, many of considerable economic. Called the nightshade family or the potato family, Solanaceae has more than 90 genera and nearly 3, species distributed throughout the world. Family Solanaceae, Genus Solanum. Potatoes are an essential component of the diet of humans and animals and can be a potential source of food poisoning. Other. The Solanaceae or nightshades are an economically important family consisting of herbs, shrubs, or trees with about 85 genera and species that are. The Solanaceae is an important plant family that has been playing an essential role in traditional medicine and human nutrition. The Solanaceae family, also referred to as nightshades, encompasses a broad diversity of morphologies and habits. It has a peculiar evolutionary history. Some Solanaceae plants are important model systems for biology; these include tomato for fruit ripening and plant defense, tobacco for plant defense, and. Family: Solanaceae. nightshade family. (Description coming soon). Plant form: Browallia americana. ~ By William and Linda Steere and the C.V. Starr.