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Can anyone identify this tomato-like plant please?

This plant just appeared in my garden. Thinking it to be a tomato plant I nurtured it as if it was. Having been away for 2 weeks I was hoping that the fruit would have grown somewhat but instead I find that they have remained the same size but turned black. Now I come to think about it, rubbing the leaves does not produce that distinctive tomato plant smell. The fruit are about the size of blackcurrants and when squished produce liquid and many bright green seeds. I am puzzled

Thanks in advance for any help you can give

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,728

    It looks very much like Deadly Nightshade (a relative of the tomato) - very poisonous so I hope you washed your hands well after squishing the fruits. Dig it up and get rid of it safely to be on the safe side.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Not Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna).

    Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is a member of the Solanum family, as is tomato (Solanum lycopersicum

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,416

    Agree with Dove, Solanum nigrum, Black Nightshade. 

    a common annual weed



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thank you very much! I did indeed wash my hands because I was very wary of it. I will pull it up as recommended. Many thanks to you all

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