A couple of months ago I repotted a small succulent, and this little thing shot up beside it. I repotted it to see what would become of it and this is how it looks currently. (I should have included something for scale, but the pot is 10cm diameter.)

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I'm sure it's just a weed of some sort that got mixed in with the soil I used, but I can't match it to anything in the garden. I was hoping someone here could identify it and would appreciate any help in doing so!

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    Can it be tomato?
    – benn
    Mar 30, 2020 at 15:45
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    Yep, definitely looks like a tomato seedling. Tomato seeds are tough little things and are often found growing at sewage works after passing through the human gut.
    – Peter4075
    Mar 30, 2020 at 16:49
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    Agree with tomato. But it could also be a nightshade. In the past I've had a mystery plant that look a bit like a tomato, and when it flowered, realised / was able to identify it as nightshade. (and out it came!)
    – winwaed
    Mar 30, 2020 at 17:14
  • Thanks a lot for the suggestions folks; more interesting than I thought! I'll keeping looking after it and see what happens.
    – John
    Mar 30, 2020 at 18:38
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    If your sense of smell is good, brush the leaf and smell. @benn , change comment to answer? Mar 30, 2020 at 21:16

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This could very well be a tomato, or like others suggest in the comments, another member of the Solanacae (nightshade) family.

Here an example of how young tomato plant looks like, very similar leaves. You can wait for the flowers and fruit, they can give more information.

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