Physalis angulata

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Physalis angulata
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Cutleaf groundcherry
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Physalis
Species: P. angulata
Binomial name
Physalis angulata
L.
Synonyms[1]
  • Boberella angulata (L.) E.H.L.Krause
  • Physalis capsicifolia Dunal
  • Physalis esquirolii H. Lév. & Vaniot
  • Physalis lanceifolia Nees
  • Physalis linkiana Nees
  • Physalis ramosissima Mill.

Physalis angulata is an erect, herbaceous, annual plant belonging to the nightshade family Solanaceae. It is known by several names, including angular winter cherry,[2] balloon cherry,[2] cutleaf groundcherry,[2][3] gooseberry,[2] hogweed,[2] wild tomato, camapu, and occasionally other common names for the genus Physalis. It reproduces by seed. Its leaves are dark green and roughly oval, often with tooth shapes around the edge. The flowers are five-sided and pale yellow; the yellow-orange fruits are born inside a balloon-like calyx. It is native to the Americas, but is now widely distributed and naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.

It is related to, but not to be confused with Physalis peruviana, the Cape gooseberry, a fruit native to, and cultivated in the western Andes, and exported worldwide.

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