Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Physalis alkekengi L. image
Photographer: Dorothy J. Lott           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Dorothy J. Lott

Kurt Stüber

Merel R. Black

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Solanaceae
Physalis alkekengi L.
Chinese lantern-plant, strawberry ground-cherry
Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
alkekengi: Arabic al kekendi for Pysaria alkekengi; bladder cherry
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Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
Plant: mostly erect perennial, 16"-24" tall forb, unbranched; colony-forming rhizomes
Flower: white to cream with a darker center, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, shallow funnel-shaped, stalked, nodding; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Fruit:berry with a bright orange covering much larger than the berry and closed at the end
Leaf:stalked, ovate
Habitat: disturbed areas

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