Physalis minima

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Physalis minima L.
  • Common Name : Ground Cherry, Sun Berry, Parpoti, Popati
  • Plant Family : Solanaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 4, 10, 18, 25, 27
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Sarita Udyan

About Physalis minima Plant :

  • Habit : An annual herb, upto 75 cm in height with stem viscid-pubescent, hollow.
  • Leaves : Ovate or ovate-oblong, acute or shortly acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base with margins shortly toothed, minutely pubescent on both sides.
  • Flowers :
    • Solitary, pedicellate.
    • Calyx 3-4 mm long, enlarging up to 2.5 cm in fruit.
    • Corolla 6-7 mm long, pale yellow.
    • Stamens equal, subequal or subspherical, 8 mm long, yellow when ripe.
  • Fruits :
    • Berries, orange-coloured.
    • Seeds discoid, glabrous, minutely tuberculate.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - November