Physalis alkekengi L.
Family: Solanaceae
Chinese lantern-plant,  more...
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Etymology: Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
Plants: mostly erect perennial, 16"-24" tall forb, unbranched; colony-forming rhizomes
Leaves: stalked, ovate
Flowers: white to cream with a darker center, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, shallow funnel-shaped, stalked, nodding; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: berry with a bright orange covering much larger than the berry and closed at the end
Habitat: disturbed areas
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
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Kurt Stüber  
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Merel R. Black  
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Dorothy J. Lott  
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Dorothy J. Lott  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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