Solanum lycopersicum L.

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Solanum lycopersicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge

Solanum lycopersicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge

Solanum lycopersicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge

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Synonyms: Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.
Lycopersicon lycopersicum (L.) Karsten
Solanum esculentum L.
Common names: Tomato (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Sprawling or sub-erect short-lived herb, widely cultivated for its edible fruit. It is known as an occasional escape from cultivation. All parts of the plant covered in long viscid hairs. Leaves pinnatisect, divided to the midrib. Flowers in lateral raceme-like heads on long peduncles, yellow. Fruit - the well-known tomato - bright red when ripe.
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Habitat: Naturalised on roadsides and in disturbed ground.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to South America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Chrysodeixis chalcites (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 June 2008
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Solanum lycopersicum
Flora of Mozambique: Solanum lycopersicum | cultivated Solanum lycopersicum
Flora of Zambia: Solanum lycopersicum

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African Plant Database: Solanum lycopersicum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Solanum lycopersicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Solanum lycopersicum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Solanum lycopersicum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Solanum lycopersicum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Solanum lycopersicum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Solanum lycopersicum
Ispot Southern Africa : Solanum lycopersicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Solanum lycopersicum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Solanum lycopersicum
Tropicos: Solanum lycopersicum
West African Plants database: Solanum lycopersicum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Solanum lycopersicum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150790, retrieved 23 August 2014

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