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Physalis hederifolia A.Gray
Family Solanaceae
Common name: Sticky Cape Gooseberry, Sticky Ground Cherry

Physalis hederifolia A.Gray APNI*

Synonyms: Physalis viscosa L. APNI*

Description: Rhizomatous perennial to 30 cm high, sparsely hairy with minute forked hairs, at least on calyx margin.

Leaves narrow-ovate, lower leaves to 5 cm long and 3 cm wide, upper leaves 3 cm long and 1 cm wide, base cuneate, toothed or sinuate, sometimes entire; petiole to 2 cm long.

Pedicels 7–12 mm long. Calyx 6–10 mm long; lobes triangular, 2–4 mm long. Corolla rotate or 5-angled, 11–15 mm long, pale yellow, often with conspicuous olive-yellow blotches towards base. Anthers 3–4 mm long. Style 9–10 mm long.

Fruiting calyx 10-angled, usually 15–20 mm long. dull yellow-green, drying to pale brown or straw-coloured. Berry 10–15 mm diam.


Flowering: summer–autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Weed of wasteland in the region bounded by Parkes, Albury and Balranald. Native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
AVH map***

This species formerly known in Australia as Physalis viscosa.

Text by B. J. Conn. Modified by Peter Wilson, October 2009.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992); updated according to Bean, ASBS Newsletter 127 (2006) and unpublished sources.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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