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Tomato

Solanum lycopersicon

Plant Data

Order:
Solanales
Family:
Solanaceae (Nightshade)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
5 pointed petals and sepals, starting off pale yellow and turning to deep yellow later in the year.
Fruit:
A large red, fleshy fruit. Green before becoming ripe.
Leaves:
Dark bluish-green, pinnate leaves, 3 to 5 leaflets. Covered densely in velvety hairs.
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
All green parts of the plant are poisonous. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, once ripe. The fruit is good in salads and many other recipes. An edible oil can be obtained from the seeds. Tomato's are very nutritious and high in all of the following: Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, biotin, fibre, folate, niacin, copper, manganese, molybdenum, potassium and phosphorous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Entire plant has a very pleasant fragrance.
Other Names:
Garden Tomato.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Farmland, wasteland, wetland.