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The tomato is a herbaceous, usually sprawling plant in the nightshade family that is typically cultivated for its edible fruit. Savory in flavor, the fruit of most varieties ripens to a distinctive red color. Tomato plants typically reach to 1–3 metres in height, and have a weak, woody stem that often vines over other plants. The leaves are 10–25 centimetres long, odd pinnate, with 5–9 leaflets on petioles, each leaflet up to 8 centimetres long, with a serrated margin; both the stem and leaves are densely glandular-hairy. The flowers are 1–2 centimetres across, yellow, with five pointed lobes on the corolla; they are borne in a cyme of 3–12 together. It is a perennial, often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual.

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