Physalis ixocarpa Brot. ex Hornem.

Ground Cherry

Suppl. Hort. Bot. Hafn. 26 (1819) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Annual herb to 50 cm high, sparsely pubescent with minute simple hairs, or glabrescent. Leaves alternate, 1 or 2 per node, ovate-lanceolate, usually c. 6 cm long and 3 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margins irregularly toothed or lobed; petiole to 6 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 6–10 mm long; calyx 3.5–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2 mm long. Corolla broadly stellate to 5-angled, 6–10 mm long, pale yellow with five dull brownish blotches; anthers 1–1.5 mm long; style 2–2.5 mm long, stigma capitate. Fruiting calyx circular in section, 15–30 mm, pale green when dry. Berry globose, 11–14 mm diam.; seeds lenticular, 1.5–2 mm diam., yellow. Flowers summer.

*HNF, *VRiv. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to Mexico. Recorded in Victoria in pastures at Numurkah and Wodonga.

Cultivated for the edible fruit which are often used in dips.

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 ixocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Physalis ixocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales