Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Physalis virginiana Mill. var. virginiana image
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from USDA Plants website
Family Solanaceae
Physalis virginiana Mill. var. virginiana
lance-leaved ground-cherry, obedient plant, Virginia ground-cherry
Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
virginiana: of Virginia
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 12"-24" tall forb; stems usually forked, the upper parts with stiff hairs; colony-forming rhizomes
Flower: yellow with dark spots in the center, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, shallow funnel-shaped; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.
Fruit:orange berry, 5-angled covering (calyx) much larger than the berry, the tip mostly closed, finely hairy all over, indented at the stem end
Leaf:long stalked, ovate to narrowly lance-like, tapering to the base, entire or with wavy teeth, usually coarsely hairy on both sides
Habitat: dry; prairies, upland woods, fields

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Physalis intermedia Rydb.
Physalis monticola C.Mohr

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