Tomato growing on a beach on
St Mary's, Isle of Scilly
Flowers and glandular flower stems
Fruits on plant growing as a casual on the beach
Ripe and ripening fruits in a greenhouse
First prize (not me!)
July to September
The casual escape is scattered throughout the country but is
slightly less common in the North.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which was introduced in the 1590s, and is grown
as a salad plant throughout the country, both indoors and outdoors.
It has been known as a casual escape since the early 1900s.
It grows on waste ground, rubbish tips and close to sewage works.
It has occasionally been found growing on the strand line of beaches
The pictures shown here are from the upper zone of a sandy beach
and may have arisen from seeds from discarded sandwiches.
Tomato is an introduced, scrambling, annual herb growing up to 1m.
The flowers have 5 yellow petals, are approximately 2cm across
and pollinated by bumble bees.
The stamens form a conspicuous yellow cone protruding from the
centre of the flower.
The flower stems are covered in glandular hairs, which have a
characteristic smell and stain skin brown.
The fruits are globose, starting off green and turning red on ripening.
The leaves are green and pinnately lobed.
The commercial growth of tomatoes in the UK is a huge industry,
especially now that the season is extended by using greenhouses
Pollination is no longer done by hand but by imported commercially-
bred bumble bees.
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