Tomato, Love Apple



Hazard Information

Route: Skin/Ingestion     Plant Part: Leaves, stem, Unripe fruit

Scale: High

Fast, weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, delirium and coma.



Common Name(s)

Tomato, Love Apple

Latin Name

Solanum lycopersicum



Cultivated for its edible fruit. Savoury in flavour, the fruit of most varieties ripens to a distinctive red colour. Tomato plants typically reach to 13 metres (310 ft) in height and have a weak, woody stem that often vines over other plants. The leaves are 1025 centimetres (410 in) long, odd pinnate, with 59 leaflets on petioles,[2] each leaflet up to 8 centimetres (3 in) long, with a serrated margin; both the stem and leaves are densely glandular-hairy.


The leaves, stems, and green unripe fruit of the tomato plant contain small amounts of the poisonous alkaloid tomatine. Tomato leaves in the form of a tea have been linked to at least one death, but the levels of tomatine are generally too small to be dangerous, so foods such as fried green tomatoes are safe to eat. Ripe tomatoes do not contain any detectable tomatine.



Fast and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, delirium, and coma


Growing Season

Perennial, grown outdoors, June - October


Fields, gardens, garden centres.