Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum

    Alternative names
    Solanum esculentum

    Medium to tall, bushy, hairy plant. Aromatic, especially when crushed. Leaves pinnate, with a mixture of alternating small and large oval to lanceolate leaflets. Flowers yellow, 15 to 25 mm, starry with reflexed, pointed petal lobes, the lobes usually 5 or 6 in number. Fruit is the familiar red tomato.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste places, disturbed ground, particularly frequent on sludge drying beds of sewage works.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional but widespread casual in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 31 of the 617 tetrads.

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