Upcoming plant scans

A 2005 paper in Systematic Botany 30(2) (I. Peralta et al.) summarizes state-of-the-art wild tomato classification, recognizing 13 species. Tomatoes are native to the coast and upper slopes of the western Andes. They were for a long time placed in the genus Lycopersicon, but DNA studies have confirmed many scientist's suspicions that they with their Potato Sisters belong in the large genus Solanum. The online specimens have been edited to reflect the new names in Solanum, the splitting of L. peruvianum into four species, and 5 additional species have been added. We now have 11 of the 13 species represented. (The two missing species are both endemic to the Galapagos Islands.)