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Physalis Peruviana

Botanical Name:

Physalis peruviana

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Characteristics

Plant Type

Erect or ascending, occasionally trailing or straggling, often ± robust and diffusely ± branched, suffruticose or herbaceous with perennial base, 0.3–2.5 m high, arising from a stout, woody, sometimes creeping rootstock, unpleasantly scented, sometimes tinged purple or mauve, ± densely clothed all over with simple, fine, multicellular, white or greyish to brownish, patent to appressed, often long, usually eglandular hairs.

Flower

Flowers solitary, axillary, erect to nodding; pedicel (5)6–18 mm long, densely clothed with ± patent hairs, in fruit elongating to 23 mm. Flowers solitary, erect to nodding.

Fruit

Fruit green turning golden or yellow to orange when ripe, subsessile or with a gynobase up to c. 0.8 mm long on the invaginated base of the erect to pendulous calyx, 11–20 × 10–15 mm, ovoid, ellipsoid or ± globose. Fruit green turning golden or yellow to orange when ripe, subsessile or with a gynobase up to c.  0.8 mm long on the invaginated base of the erect to pendulous calyx, ellipsoid or ± globose

Taxonomy

Order

Solanales

Family

Solanaceae

Genus

Physalis

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