Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2980

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon

Look for it on dunes of sea-beaches, openings in maritime forests, sandhills (southward), and rarely inland as a waif in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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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:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Physalis walteri   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Physalis walteri   FAMILY Solanaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 165-03-001:
Physalis viscosa ssp. maritima   FAMILY Solanaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Physalis viscosa

LESS THAN Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Physalis maritima

 

COMMON NAME:
Dune Ground-cherry, Sand Ground-cherry


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image of Physalis walteri

JK Marlow    jkm090716_034

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Leaves entire, ovate to elliptic or rarely obovate, both surfaces tomentose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Physalis walteri

JK Marlow    jkm090716_077

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Physalis walteri

JK Marlow    jkm090716_078

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Corolla may or may not have dark spots in the base of the tube. Anthers yellow, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Physalis walteri

JK Marlow    jkm090716_080

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Berry enclosed in a paperlike sac derived from the expanded, united sepals, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Physalis walteri

JK Marlow    jkm090716_083

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Calyx 8-10mm long, lobes triangular, half as long as the tube, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.