Physalis minima   L.  (Plant)
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Class: Magnoliopsida

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Bushy annual to 50 cm, glabrous or with minute simple hairs. Leaves alternate, 1 or sometimes 2 per node (but not opposite); lamina ovate-lanceolate, rounded to cuneate at base, usually 4-6 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, sometimes larger, entire or shallowly toothed or lobed; petiole to 6 cm long. Pedicels usually 20-25 mm long, occasionally shorter. Calyx 3-5 mm long; lobes triangular, acute, 1-2 mm long. Corolla 5-angled, 5-8 mm long, pale creamy-yellow, usually with large brownish spots towards base. Anthers 2-2.5 mm long. Style 4-5 mm long. Fruiting calyx 10-angled with 5 minor and 5 major veins, 23-30 mm long, pale green (pale brown when dry). Berry globular, 8-14 mm in diameter. Seeds disc-shaped to broadly reniform, 1-1.5 (2) mm long, pale yellow.

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• Maharashtra INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA
• Orissa INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rodrigues, RS; Mascarenhas, A; Jagtap, TG (2011) An evaluation of flora from coastal sand dunes of India: Rationale for conservation and management Ocean & Coastal Management Elsevier B.V. 54(2) 181-188 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Available at -
  • Indian medicinal plants growers' consortium Available at -
  • Banerjee, LK and Roa, TA (2001) Flora of the Mahanadi Delta, Orissa Botanical Survey of India 1-307 Available at - NIO,Goa

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