Common name: Ground Cherry
Physalis pubescens L. APNI*
Description: Annual to 50 cm high, densely hairy with simple or glandular hairs.
Leaves usually to 6 cm long and 4 cm wide, sometimes larger, base cordate, oblique, margins with small teeth or blunt lobes; petiole 1–3(-7) cm long.
Pedicels to 10 mm long. Calyx 5–6 mm long; lobes triangular, 3–4 mm long. Corolla 5-angled, 7–11 mm long, yellow, with 5 purplish-brown spots between the anthers. Anthers 1.5–2 mm long. Style 3.5–5 mm long. Fruiting calyx 5-angled, 25–40 mm long, pale yellow-green becoming light brown when dry.
Berry 10–14 mm diam., not sticky.
Flowering: Flowers summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon weed collected near Coonabarabran. Native to N. and C. America.
NSW subdivisions: *NWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
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