Physalis longifolia Nutt.

Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., ser. 2, 5: 193 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herb to 50 cm high, rhizomatous, glabrescent or sparsely pubescent with minute simple hairs. Leaves alternate, 1–2 per node, elliptic, up to 9 cm long and 3.5 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire or slightly toothed or lobed; petiole to 3 cm long, grooved above. Flowers on pedicels 8–15 mm long; calyx usually 8–10 mm long, lobes narrowly triangular, 5–6 mm long; corolla rotate, 10–12 mm long, greenish-yellow with dark spots between anthers; anthers 2–4 mm long; style 6–8 mm long, stigma capitate, somewhat expanded. Fruiting calyx 10-angled, 15–25 mm long, pale green; berry globose, c. 10 mm diam.; seeds disc-shaped to broadly reniform, 1.5–2 mm long, brown to yellow-brown. Flowers mostly summer.

Naturalised in Qld, NSW. Native to Canada, U.S.A., and Mexico. Collected twice in Victoria (Dookie and Swan Hill) over 100 years ago.

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 longifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Physalis longifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Fans extinct introduced
Northern Inland Slopes extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales