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  • Common Name: Potato
  • Latin Name: Solanum tuberosum
  • Family Name: Solanaceae
The Potato comes from the same family as the Nightshades, Tomato, Tobacco and many other plants that are all toxic.  Plants in this family contain the glycoalkaloids solanine and chaconine which affect the nervous system and can cause headaches, diarrhoea and could possibly be fatal.  Do not allow tortoises to eat any part of Potato plant, including the tubers.

The flowers of the Potato plant are usually lilac but can also be found in white and deeper shades of purple.
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