Wild Florida Photo - Physalis walteri

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Physalis walteri

WALTER'S GROUNDCHERRY

SAND CHERRY

Florida native

 

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.

 
Physalis walteri is a member of the Solanaceae - Potato family.

Other species of the Physalis genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Physalis angustifolia - COASTAL GROUNDCHERRY