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Plant Identification: Is this a tomato or pepper plant?

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jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 8, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8743967

I got seeds and started plants which should be peppers but it looks more like a tomato. If it's tomato it's doing great in the hot Florida weather..Thanks

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8743983

It looks like a type of bell pepper.

They can have a number of variations in form. This image from Rutgers looks similar to yours.

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/tomato-varieties/variety.asp?Green+Bell+Pepper
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8744110

It does look like a type of bell…What kind of pepper are the seeds? A package you bought? Another pic of more of the plant and leaves may be helpful.
HydroPinke
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

August 8, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8744128

A quick sniff of the leaves should be able to tell you if it's tomato.
jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 8, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8744402

I got some hot pepper plants from 2 places, one said he only has hot pepper plants. attach is pic of leaves. To me it doesn't look like a tomato type plant. But the fruit looks like a tomato . The leaves do not smell like a tomato plant and in the hot Florida weather the bell peppers and tomato plants do not do to good in the hot summer sun. This plant is loving the hot sun as long as I water it 2 times a day and give it bone meal and tomato food. Thanks
P.S. The seeds I had order was Bhut Jolokia which I know this is not that and Trinidad Scorpion hot pepper but it does not look like any of the plants in the pics of a Trinidad Scorpion hot pepper plant.

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ogon
Paradise, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8744637

Peppers and Tomatoes are members of the Solanaceae family, and there are a number of wild Solanaceae which bear similarities to both peppers and tomatoes, some of which are poisonous. I strongly advise against sampling the fruit unless you can obtain a 100% positive ID of something edible.

Your fruit seem to resemble oddly shaped peppers, but the leaves do not look right for pepper leaves to me, they are similar to some Solanum, though this plant could be from another genera. According to the USDA Plant database, these are the Solanaceae family members known to be found in Citrus County, Florida:

Browallia
Browallia americana

Brugmansia
Brugmansia suaveolens

Calibrachoa
Calibrachoa parviflora

Capsicum
Capsicum annuum
Capsicum annuum var. annuum
Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum

Cestrum
Cestrum diurnum
Cestrum nocturnum

Datura
Datura stramonium
Datura wrightii

Hyoscyamus
Hyoscyamus albus

Lycium
Lycium barbarum
Lycium carolinianum
Lycium carolinianum var. carolinianum

Nicandra
Nicandra physalodes

Nicotiana
Nicotiana glauca
Nicotiana longiflora
Nicotiana plumbaginifolia
Nicotiana tabacum

Petunia
Petunia ×atkinsiana
Petunia axillaris
Petunia integrifolia

Physalis
Physalis angulata
Physalis angustifolia
Physalis arenicola
Physalis carpenteri
Physalis cordata
Physalis grisea
Physalis heterophylla
Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla
Physalis longifolia
Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata
Physalis pubescens
Physalis pubescens var. integrifolia
Physalis pubescens var. pubescens
Physalis turbinata
Physalis walteri

Salpichroa
Salpichroa origanifolia

Solanum
Solanum americanum
Solanum bahamense
Solanum bahamense var. bahamense
Solanum bahamense var. luxurians
Solanum bahamense var. rugelii
Solanum capsicoides
Solanum carolinense
Solanum carolinense var. carolinense
Solanum carolinense var. floridanum
Solanum citrullifolium
Solanum citrullifolium var. citrullifolium
Solanum dimidiatum
Solanum diphyllum
Solanum donianum
Solanum dulcamara
Solanum dulcamara var. dulcamara
Solanum elaeagnifolium
Solanum erianthum
Solanum glaucophyllum
Solanum jamaicense
Solanum lanceifolium
Solanum lycopersicum
Solanum lycopersicum var. lycopersicum
Solanum mauritianum
Solanum melongena
Solanum nigrescens
Solanum nigrum
Solanum pseudocapsicum
Solanum pseudogracile
Solanum ptycanthum
Solanum racemosum
Solanum seaforthianum
Solanum sisymbriifolium
Solanum tampicense
Solanum torvum
Solanum tuberosum
Solanum viarum
Solanum villosum

http://plants.usda.gov/java/AdvancedSearchServlet

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8745154

JELyons...look at the second picture in this link...it shows some young green Bhut Jolokia Ghost peppers on a plant. They bear a striking resemblance to the pic you posted...look lower right corner of the pic.

http://keepamericagrowing.org/gardening-articles/bhut-jolokia-the-ghost-pepper
jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 10, 2011
2:11 PM

Post #8749130

ogon, the seeds did not come from Citrus County, Florida .. The fruit is now turning red..
ogon
Paradise, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8749163

I was thinking it might be a native plant that popped up in the general area where you had planted the seeds. It could certainly have been a mixup at the seed supplier end as well.
daveman
Johnson City, TN

August 10, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8749540

I'm thinking it's a pumpkin on a stick plant, an ornamental eggplant relative. As far as I know it's inedible and grown for looks.
birke
Broward County, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 10, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8749654

Doesn't look like tomato leaves at all...
krowten
Greensburg, PA

August 10, 2011
8:59 PM

Post #8749735

I was going to add that it is probably an ornamental eggplant, but now I guess I am in agreement with Dave the Man!
jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 11, 2011
7:57 PM

Post #8751338

I started all the sends inside in Hydroponic. They out grew my set up. So I am taking that's it a ornamental eggplant. It has started to turn red now and very nice looking. Will take pics and post after it turns red. Thanks everyone..
daveman
Johnson City, TN

August 12, 2011
12:00 AM

Post #8751578

You're welcome jeylons, looking forward to seeing those pics.

@ krowton - Lmaof, thanks.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8751700

Yup...the end result will be interesting for sure.
jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 15, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8758172

It's slow turning color.

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jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 15, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8758174

another pic

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jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 15, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8758177

flower

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jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 15, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8758178

leaves

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HydroPinke
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

August 15, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8758200

Check this variety out for comparison. The Goyo Kumba ornamental eggplant.

http://www.tradewindsfruitstore.com/servlet/the-1498/Goyo-Kumba-Eggplant--dsh-/Detail

Other varieties on their website too!

This message was edited Aug 15, 2011 4:40 PM

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8758203

That could well be it...sneaky little solanum...grin
jelyons
Lecanto, FL

August 15, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8758407

check this out and it's one type of seed the company has for sale..
http://flowerdalenurseries.blogspot.com/2010/04/fun-heirloom-tomatoes-cherokee-purple.html

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8759009

Cherokee purples are good tomatoes. We've grown them a couple different times. It is a shame you didn't get seeds for it mixed with your peppers.

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