Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Cyphomandra betacea
(tree tomato)



Cyphomandra betacea (tree tomato)


  • Last modified
  • 19 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Cyphomandra betacea
  • Preferred Common Name
  • tree tomato
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Fruits
  • Honey/honey flora
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Cyphomandra betacea (Cav.) Sendtn.

Preferred Common Name

  • tree tomato

Other Scientific Names

  • Solanum betaceum Cav.

International Common Names

  • Spanish: Palo de tomate; Tomate arbol
  • French: Cyphomandre betace; Tomate en arbre
  • Portuguese: tomate-frances

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Baumtomatenstrauch
  • Italy: pomodoro arboreo
  • Netherlands: Boom-tomatie; Struiktomaat

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Solanales
  •                         Family: Solanaceae
  •                             Genus: Cyphomandra
  •                                 Species: Cyphomandra betacea

List of Pests

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Major host of:

Arabis mosaic virus (hop bare-bine); Meloidogyne exigua (coffee root-knot nematode); Oemona hirta (lemon tree borer); Phytophthora cryptogea (tomato foot rot); Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae (bacterial canker or blast (stone and pome fruits)); Tomato spotted wilt virus (tomato spotted wilt)

Minor host of:

Alfalfa mosaic virus (alfalfa yellow spot); Aphis spiraecola (Spirea aphid); Bactrocera cucurbitae (melon fly); Bactrocera neohumeralis; Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland fruit fly); Ceratitis capitata (Mediterranean fruit fly); Coccidohystrix insolita (eggplant mealybug); Myzus persicae (green peach aphid); Neoceratitis cyanescens (tomato fruit fly); Pectobacterium atrosepticum (potato blackleg disease); Pepper mottle virus; Phytophthora betacei; Phytoplasma aurantifolia (lime witches' broom phytoplasma); Potato virus Y (potato mottle); Ralstonia solanacearum (bacterial wilt of potato); Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 (brown rot of potato); Thysanoplusia orichalcea (slender burnished brass moth); Tobacco streak virus (tobacco streak)

Wild host of:

Chrysodeixis eriosoma (green looper caterpillar); Chrysodeixis includens (soybean looper)

Host of (source - data mining):

Alternaria alternata (alternaria leaf spot); Colletotrichum acutatum (black spot of strawberry); Colletotrichum boninense; Diabrotica speciosa (cucurbit beetle); Neoleucinodes elegantalis (eggplant stem borer); Planococcus minor (passionvine mealybug); Potato aucuba mosaic virus; Potato virus V; Trialeurodes vaporariorum (whitefly, greenhouse)

Uses List

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Human food and beverage

  • Fruits
  • Honey/honey flora