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Solanum lycocarpum flower
Flower
Solanum lycocarpum(fruto)
Fruit

The Wolf apple is a plant from the nightshade family that occurs in Brazillian savanna. The plant itself is called lobeira or fruta-do-lobo in Portguese. The fruit is called wolf apple because it accounts for more than half of the Maned wolf's diet.

Its scientific name, Solanum lycocarpum, also refers to the wolf: Lyco- (from Ancient Greek Lykos - Wolf, and carp - fruit. The plant grows as a bush or a tree up to 5 metres (16 ft) high. The ripe fruit is edible, the rest of the plant is poisonous. Local people use the fruits to make  jams. The fruit contains a lot of starch. Sometimes, it is also used to feeed livestock.

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