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
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
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).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 272. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44.

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 47 - 48.

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.

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.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 87. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 100.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Physalis peruviana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Physalis peruviana
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Physalis peruviana., retrieved 24 October 2020

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