Wild Florida Photo - Physalis walteri - Walter's Groundcherry

Physalis walteri L.

Walter's Groundcherry
Sand Cherry
Dune Groundcherry

Florida native

Volusia Co. FL 08/16/08
Volusia Co. FL 08/16/08
Volusia Co. FL 12/25/06
Volusia Co. FL 12/24/06
Volusia Co. FL 12/25/06
Volusia Co. FL 12/25/06
Volusia Co. FL 12/24/06

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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.


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

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

Date record last modified: Nov 06, 2023

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