ⓘ Lycopersicon

                                     

ⓘ Lycopersicon

Lycopersicon was a genus in the flowering plant family Solanaceae. It contained about 13 species in the tomato group of nightshades. First removed from the genus Solanum by Philip Miller in 1754, its removal leaves the latter genus paraphyletic, so modern botanists generally accept the names in Solanum. The name Lycopersicon is still used by gardeners, farmers, and seed companies. Collectively, the species in this group apart from the common cultivated plant are called wild tomatoes.

Cladistic analysis of sequence data DNA confirms Lycopersicon as a clade that is part of the genus Solanum and S. tuberosum Potatoes. If it is desired to continue use of Lycopersicon, it can be carried out inside the potato-tomato subgenus whose name has to be determined in accordance with the intercostal-brachial nerves.