Physalis angulata L.

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Physalis angulata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

Physalis angulata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka E, 20 km, Chalimbana Farm

Physalis angulata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka E, 20 km, Chalimbana Farm

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Synonyms: Physalis aequata sensu De Wildeman
Physalis minima sensu auctt.
Common names:
Status: Introduced
More or less erect annual or rarely short-lived perennial herb. Branches angular or angular ribbed with short simple appressed hairs, particularly on new growth. Leaves mostly ovate or lanceolate, sometimes elliptic or oblong, 2-10 cm long, often asymmetric and decurrent into the petiole, more or less hairless or sparsely pubescent, mainly on the veins and margins; margin more or less deeply toothed with irregular teeth; petiole 1-7 cm long. Flowers solitary and axillary, erect or nodding; pedicel greenish or purplish, 5-12 mm long. Calyx 2.5-7 mm long, campanulate, slightly angled or ribbed, usually with sessile glands mainly towards the base; lobes ovate-triangular, 1.5-3.5 mm long; in fruit green to greenish-yellow, often darker veined, 20-35 mm long, ovoid, somewhat 10-angled or 10-ribbed, scabrid at the margins. Corolla yellow or greenish-yellow, often unmarked or marked brownish to purplish-mauve at the mouth. Stamens included or exserted with bluish or purplish anthers. Fruit globose, sticky, 10-16 mm in diameter, green to yellow held sessile on the base inside the pendulous expanded calyx.
Derivation of specific name: angulata: angled.
Habitat: In cultivated and disturbed places.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana; native of tropical America, now widespread as a weed of cultivation.
Botswana distribution: N
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Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 50 - 51.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 79.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 106.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 86. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Physalis angulata
Flora of Mozambique: Physalis angulata
Flora of Zambia: Physalis angulata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Physalis angulata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Physalis angulata
African Plant Database: Physalis angulata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Physalis angulata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Physalis angulata
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iNaturalist: Physalis angulata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Physalis angulata
JSTOR Plant Science: Physalis angulata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Physalis angulata
Plants of the World Online: Physalis angulata
Tropicos: Physalis angulata
Wikipedia: Physalis angulata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Physalis angulata., retrieved 22 July 2024

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