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Galapagos Island Tomato, Wild Galápagos Tomato, Tomatillo

Lycopersicon cheesmanii

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: cheesmanii (chees-MAN-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Solanum cheesemanii
Synonym:Solanum cheesemaniae
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:

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Fruit Size:

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Days to Maturity:

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Fruit Colors:

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Seed Type:



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Disease Resistance:

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Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Plymouth, Idaho

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 14, 2015, shule from New Plymouth, ID (Zone 4a) wrote:

I got seeds from wintersown.org—so, I'm going on trust that these are really Solanum cheesmanii. Whatever the case, I received some remarkable tomatoes.

They are very early (fruit comes early and it ripens quickly). They're marble-sized (currant tomatoes). They turn yellow and then get a slightly orangish hue. They have a really nice full tomato taste that reminds me of a much larger tomato when they have the orangish hue. They're more acidic when they first turn yellow. I didn't taste a salty flavor (in fact, they were quite pleasantly sweet).

They produce branches faster than other tomatoes. I got fruit indoors (in a south windowsill) before I transplanted them out (although I did grow them rather early).

They are at least somewhat shade-toler... read more


On Jan 17, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

On a lighter note, this species is naturally salt-tolerant. It's being used to breed salt-tolerant varieties of tomatoes.


On Jan 17, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Seed must pass through the digestive tract of the giant Galapagos tortoise to germinate.