Physalis cinerascens (Dunal) Hitch.

Key Spring Fl. Manhattan 32 (1894) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herb to 50 cm high, rhizomatous, sparsely to densely pubescent with forked hairs to 1 mm long. Leaves alternate, orbicular, ovate or spathulate, 1.5–8(–9) cm long, 1–6(–8) cm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base truncate to attenuate, margins coarsely dentate, sinuate, undulate, or entire; petiole to 2 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 10–33 mm long; calyx (3.5–)5–9(–11) mm long, lobes triangular, 1.5–4.5 mm long; corolla shape rotate, (7–)9–16 mm long, yellow with dark purple-black spots in throat; anthers 2–5 mm long; style c. 7 mm long, stigma capitate. Fruiting calyx 10-angled, 1.5–3.5(–4.5) cm long, green; berry globose, 5–15 mm diam.; seeds disc-shaped to broadly reniform, 2–2.5 mm long, orange-brown. Flowers summer–autumn.

Native to southern U.S.A and Mexico. Known in Victoria from old collections (the most recent 1929) from Leitchville near Cohuna and Melbourne.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-06-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-23
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Physalis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Physalis cinerascens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Physalis cinerascens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct introduced
Murray Fans extinct introduced
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced

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