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  Physalis peruviana
  Citation:  Physalis peruviana L., Sp. Pl. (ed. 2) 1670. 1762; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 238. 1883; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 939(659). 1923; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 277. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 273. 1989; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 317. 1990; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 71. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 272. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 217. 1999; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 350. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 571. 2009. Physalis edulis Sims., Bot. Mag. t. 1068. 1807. Physalis peruviana L. var. latifolia (Lam.) Dunal in DC., Prodr. 13: 440. 1852. Physalis latifolia Lam., Tab. Encycl. 2: 20. 1793. Physalis pubescens R. Br., Prodr. 1: 447. 1810, non L.
  Malayalam Name(s): Karimpotti, Pottapalachedi, Malathakkalikeera
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Cape Gooseberry, Peruvian groundcherry
  Description: 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.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: February-May
  District(s): Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Wayanad
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Degraded forest areas and wastelands
  Distribution: Tropical South America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Vanchikulam, Deviar, Devicolam, Arampa, Bhavani river bank
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