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  • Ruth A.I am watching a tomato plant for a friend and in the pot, this second plant has been growing. It looks like a squash, put there are slender thorns on the stems and also prickly spines coming from the veins of the leaves (you can see a "picker" on the upper left leaf). Any ideas what this plant might be?
    Sunday June 2, 2019 at 23:57


  • Etienne C. Etienne C. Saw these potted in a NYC public garden and wondered "What the heck?" myself. I was able to find on internet by Googling "tomato" "thorns" . They're called "litchee tomatoes" (edible but, not true tomatoes from S.A.) Monday June 3, 2019 at 20:51
  • Ruth A. Ruth A. Etieinne - thanks so much! I looked at photos of litchi tomatoes on line and that does appear to be what the second plant is! I so much appreciate your help. (: I guess I had better nurture both plants in the pot for my friend! (: Ruth Monday June 3, 2019 at 21:45
  • Etienne C. Etienne C. Ruth, on closer inspection you're right. I kinda jumped the gun as the leaves are a different shape. Further research shows it is a Solanum Viarum or "Tropical Soda Apple" is invasive and on the Federal noxious weed list (also called "plant from hell" in some places.. Lots of pics here: Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 18:14