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Young tomato plant seedling sprouting. The tomato plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) is a vine. Seeds produce shoots like the one seen, which sprawl out to form trailing vines on which the tomatoes, the fruit of the plant, are formed. The leaves and the stem are covered in fine hair-like structures that protect the young plant from insects and the loss of water.
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