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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Walter's groundcherry is a low growing herb of beach dunes, coastal strands, coastal grasslands, pinelands and disturbed sites - both coastal and inland - throughout much of Florida. The range extends through the southeastern coastal states from Louisiana to Virginia.
Physalis walteri has alternate, petioled, ovate to spatulate leaves with star-shaped hairs on the lower surface. The flowers are nodding, solitary and bell-shaped. The greenish-yellow petals are fused and have small dark areas around the center. The mature fruit is enclosed in a papery husk derived from the calyx.