|Scientific Name||Physalis peruviana|
Flowering class: Dicot
Distribution notes: Exotic
Weak annual erect herbs, to 60 cm high. Leaves alternate, to 7 x 6 cm, broadly ovate, obliquely cordate at base, entire or shortly lobed, 3-nerved from base; petiole to 3 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicels 1 cm long, slender; calyx campanulate, accrescent in fruit, membranous; corolla campanulate, yellowish with deep brown centre, 15 mm across, tube hairy inside; stamens 5, anthers vertically splitting; ovary with many ovules, style glabrous; stigma 2-toothed. Berry globose, 10 mm across, covered by the balloon like 2.5-3 cm across fruiting calyx; seeds many, compressed.
Flowering and fruiting: February-May
Notes: Moist Deciduous to Evergreen Forests, Naturalized, Native of Tropical America
Degraded forest areas and wastelands
Tropical South America
State - Kerala, District/s: Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Wayanad
Maharashtra: Pune, Satara
Karnataka: Chikmagalur, Coorg, Mysore
Kerala: Idukki, Kollam, Kottayam, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta
Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Namakkal, Nilgiri, Salem, Theni, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Viluppuram
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