Physalis lanceifolia Nees

Linnaea 6: 473 (1831) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Annual herb to 50 cm high, glabrescent or sparsely pubescent with minute, simple hairs. Leaves alternate, 1 or 2 per node, narrowly elliptic, usually 5–7 cm long, c. 2 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire, sinuate or lobed; petiole to 4 cm long, grooved above. Flowers on pedicels 15–30 mm long; calyx 2.5–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2.5 mm long. Corolla 5-angled, 5–7 mm long, yellow with darker yellow centre; anthers 1.5–2 mm long; style 2.5 mm long, stigma capitate. Fruiting calyx 10-angled, 25–32 mm long, pale yellow-green; berry globose, 12–15 mm diam.; seeds disc-shaped to broadly reniform, 1.5–2 mm long, pale yellow-brown. Flowers summer–autumn.

*VRiv. Also naturalised WA, Qld, NSW. Native to Mexico and southern U.S.A. Recorded in Victoria at Mitiamo and Wodonga from seasonally wet sites with heavy clay soils.

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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales