Cyphomandra betacea

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Cyphomandra betacea, Sendt. (Solanum fragrans, Hook.). Tree Tomato. Fig. 1195. Cult. occasionally for the egg- shaped, reddish brown, faintly striped frs., and under such conditions it becomes a tree-shaped, half-woody plant 6-10 ft. high: Lvs. large, soft-pubescent, cordate-ovate, more or less acuminate, entire: fls. small, pinkish, fragrant, in small axillary or super-axillary clusters: fr. about 2 in. long, on slender stalks, 2-loculed and seedy, musky-acid and tomato-like in flavor, agreeable to those who like tomatoes. Brazil. B.M. 3684. J.H. III. 31:470. G.C. III. 25:105. A.G. 11:409.— Bears the second and third year from seed, under glass (where it must be grown in the northern states). Grown mostly as a curiosity. L.H.B. CH

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