Physalis philadelphica Lam.

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Physalis philadelphica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cnr Lanner/Teviotdale Ave, Borrowdale Common

Physalis philadelphica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cnr Lanner/Teviotdale Ave, Borrowdale Common

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Synonyms: Physalis aequata J. Jacq. ex Nees
Physalis ixocarpa Brot. ex Hornem.
Common names: Wild gooseberry (English)
Description: Mostly erect, annual herb, usually less than 70 cm, sparsely covered with glandular hairs, particularly when young. Leaves ovate with slightly winged petioles; margin irregularly dentate, mostly glabrous but sometimes with scattered hairs. Flowers solitary, axillary, erect or pendulous, yellow with purple-brown spots inside the corolla. Fruit yellow-green, sticky.
Notes: Physalis ixocarpa has been sunk under P. philadelphica on the strength of advice received from Maggie Whitson of the Biology Dept. of Northern Kentucky University and the treatment in the African Plants Database.
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Worldwide distribution: Its origins are no longer clear but is known as a naturalised species in Europe, Australia and Africa.
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 48 - 49.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 79.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Physalis philadelphica., retrieved 13 June 2024

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