7401.000 Physalis L.

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. 90 species from tropical and subtropical America, mainly in Mexico. Many species now widely dispersed in warm and temperate regions of the Old World and Australia, mostly as weeds of cultivation; some cultivated for their edible fruit.

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

Physalis peruviana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angulata L.N,W,SDescription, Image
lagascae Roem. & Schult.N,W,E
peruviana L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
philadelphica Lam.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
viscosa L.W

Other sources of information about Physalis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Physalis
Flora of Caprivi: Physalis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Physalis
Flora of Malawi: Physalis
Flora of Mozambique: Physalis
Flora of Zambia: Physalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Physalis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Physalis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Physalis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Physalis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Physalis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Physalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Physalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Physalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Physalis
Plants of the World Online: Physalis
Tropicos: Physalis
Wikipedia: Physalis

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: Genus page: Physalis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1247, retrieved 20 May 2024

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