Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1075

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in woodlands and disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate to subrotate corolla
5 stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Physalis virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Physalis virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 165-03-003a:
Physalis virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY Solanaceae

LESS THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Physalis virginiana

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Physalis virginiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Ground-cherry


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image of Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Roxanna Martin    rlm52111_535

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Fruiting calyx is 5-angled [vs. almost round] & has spreading hairs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Roxanna Martin    rlm52111_541

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Fruiting calyx is sunken at the base and considerably longer than wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Roxanna Martin    rlm5711_349

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Plant pubescent. Calyx 8-10mm long, its lobes lanceolate & equaling the tube, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Roxanna Martin    rlm5711_351

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Flower bell-shaped, drooping, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Roxanna Martin    rlm5711_354

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Ovate to lanceolate leaves tapered at both ends, with a few blunt teeth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Roxanna Martin    rlm5711_357

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Flower yellow with brown spots in the center and yellow anthers, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.