Physalis pubescens L. - Hairy Nightshade

Physalis pubescens plant

Family - Solanaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Physalis pubescens stemLower stem.

Physalis pubescens rootRoot.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Physalis pubescens leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Physalis pubescens calyx

Physalis pubescens flower

Physalis pubescens fruitCalyx in fruit.

Flowering - May - November.

Habitat - Sand and Gravel bars, rocky woods, alluvial soils bordering streams, cultivated fields, fallow fields, waste ground, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in the southern half of Missouri but also in some northern counties mostly bordering major rivers. The plant is fairly variable in pubescence, plant size, flower size, and leaf shape. Steyermark listed 4 varieties based on leaf shape and pubescence. The plant pictured above has fairly small flowers and leaves for the species.

Photographs taken in Logan Creek, Reynolds County, MO., 7-7-03.


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