Physalis hederifolia A.Gray

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 10: 65 (1875) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial herb to 30 cm high, rhizomatous, sparsely pubescent with minute forked hairs at least on margins of calyx. Lower leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, to c. 5 cm long, to 3 cm wide; upper leaves often 2 per node and subopposite, lanceolate, to c. 3 cm long, to 1 cm wide, apex obtuse, base cuneate, margins toothed or sinuate or sometimes entire; petiole to c. 2 cm long, narrowly winged above. Flowers on pedicels 7–12 mm long; calyx 6–10 mm long, lobes triangular, 2–4 mm long; corolla rotate or 5-angled, 11–15 mm long, pale yellow, often blotched olive-yellow towards base; anthers 3–4 mm long; style 9–10 mm long, stigma capitate. Fruiting calyx 10-angled, 15–20(–30) mm long, dull yellow-green, drying pale brown or straw-coloured; berry globose, 10–15 mm diam.; seeds lenticular, 1.7–2.3 mm long, yellowish. Flowers spring–autumn.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to southern U.S.A and northern Mexico. Widespread, particularly in dry inland areas where found near cultivation and other disturbed sites.

This species was formerly known in Australia as Physalis viscosa which is a misapplication.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Physalis viscosa L.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-23
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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 hederifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Physalis hederifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory