Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Physalis heterophylla Nees var. heterophylla image
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from USDA Plants website
Family Solanaceae
Physalis heterophylla Nees var. heterophylla
clammy ground-cherry
Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
heterophylla: Greek hetero for "varied" and phylla for "leaves"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-36" tall forb; upper part of the stems with dense, soft hairs; colony-forming rhizomes
Flower: yellow with dark spots in the center, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, shallow funnel-shaped, stalked; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms June-Sept.
Fruit:green berry, the covering much larger than the berry, the tip mostly closed, base notched, and hairy all over
Leaf:stalked, mostly broadly-ovate with a sharp point and rounded to heart-shaped base, usually 1 1/4"- 3" long, entire or with irregular wavy teeth, hairy on both sides
Habitat: dry; woods, prairies; in sandy soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Physalis list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Physalis ambigua (A.Gray) Britton
Physalis heterophylla Nees var. ambigua (A.Gray) Rydb.
Physalis heterophylla Nees var. clavipes Fernald
Physalis heterophylla Nees var. nyctaginea (Dunal) Rydb.
Physalis heterophylla Nees var. villosa Waterf.
Physalis nyctaginea Dunal
Physalis sinuata Rydb.
Physalis virginiana Mill. var. ambigua A.Gray

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