Photographer: Len Place
Physalis longifolia Nutt.
long-leaved ground-cherry, smooth long-leaved ground-cherry, tall ground-cherry
Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
longifolia: longus for "long, extended;" folius for "leaves"
|Plant: ||mostly erect perennial, 16"-32" tall forb, widely branched; upper part of the stems with stiff hairs; colony-forming rhizomes|
|Flower: ||yellow with dark spots in the center, 5-parted, 1/2"-2/3" wide, shallow funnel-shaped, stalked; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.|
|Fruit:||green berry, covering much larger than the berry, the tip mostly closed, base slightly notched, hairs only in narrow lines|
|Leaf:||1 1/2"-4" long, ovate to lance-like, mostly hairless or with a few hairs on the lower veins, long-stalked, entire or with wavy teeth|
|Habitat: ||moist to dry; fields, open woods, prairies|