Physalis angulata

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Physalis angulata
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Cutleaf groundcherry
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Physalis
P. angulata
Binomial name
Physalis angulata
  • 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 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.

Vernacular names[edit]

  • English common names include: 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.
  • In Malayalam it is known as njottanjodiyan (ഞൊട്ടാഞൊടിയൻ) and mottaampuli(മൊട്ടാമ്പുളി).


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Physalis angulata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ Physalis angulata (USDA)

External links[edit]

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