Description of the genus
Annual to perennial herbs, sometimes shrubby. Leaves simple, entire to coarsely and irregularly dentate. Flowers solitary, axillary. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, unwinged, strongly accrescent in fruit. Corolla broadly campanulate to funnel-shaped, shallowly to deeply lobed. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit a berry.
Worldwide: c. 80 species, mostly New World; widely naturalised elsewhere
Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.
Other sources of information about Physalis:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: PhysalisFlora of Caprivi
: PhysalisFlora of Malawi
: PhysalisFlora of Mozambique
: PhysalisFlora of Zambia
: PhysalisFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): PhysalisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PhysalisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PhysalisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PhysalisKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Physalis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1247, retrieved 29 July 2016