The following information was excerpted from the Tennessee Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Part 3, Section 4-1-327.
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4-1-327. State fruit. --
The delicious tomato, Lycopersicon lycopersicum, is designated as the official state fruit.
[Acts 2003, ch. 154, § 1.]
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Lycopersicon lycopersicum: Floridata - photographic encyclopedia of landscape plants, an online plant & nature reference, and a gardening marketplace.
Solanum lycopersicum L. var. lycopersicum (Garden tomato): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Lycopersicon lycopersicum (L.) Karst. ex Farw., currently unaccepted synonym for Solanum lycopersicum var. lycopersicum L. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Solanum lycopersicum (Tomato): CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.
State Fruit: Complete list of official state fruit.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Tennessee state symbols.
Tennessee Tomatoes & Traditions: From Jan Duke, for About.com.
Website: East Nashville Tomato Art Fest.
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