Physalis peruviana L.

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Physalis peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Physalis peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Physalis peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

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Common names: Cape gooseberry (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Densely hairy perennial (and ? annual) to 1 m. Leaves: lamina ovate-cordate; apex ± acuminate; margin entire to coarsely dentate. Corolla yellow with brown markings, shallowly 5-lobed. Calyx in fruit 3-5 cm. Fruit 12-20 mm, ellipsoid, yellow, not filling the calyx.
Notes: Cultivated for its edible fruits and widely naturalized
Derivation of specific name: peruviana: Peruvian
Habitat: A weed of disturbed ground
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Tropical South America
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 9 February 2012

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 226.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Physalis peruviana., retrieved 29 November 2015

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