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Lycopersicon esculentum Miller, Gard. Dict. ed. 8, no. 2. 1768. Clarke, l.c.; Bailey, l.c. (nom.sp.cons.).


  • Solanum lycopersicum L.

    Annual herb up to 90 cm tall, branched. Leaves imparipinnate, basally lyrate, up to 40 cm long; lobes ovate-lanceolate. Calyx lobes 5-6 mm long, triangular-acuminate, enlarging in fruit. Corolla limb 15-20 mm broad; lobes 5(-6), trianglar-acute; minutely ciliate. Berry globose, depressed-globose to pyriform, lobed, up to 8 cm broad, juicy, brick-red, red to yellowish in colour.

    Fl. Per.: July-October.

    Type: Described from cultivated material of unknown origin.

    Distribution: Native to C. & S. America.

    The ‘tomato’ is widely cultivated and ranks perhaps only second to the potato in food production worldwide. Several varieties are known. Eaten both raw or cooked. A source of vitamin C.


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