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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico, Bolivia to Brazil and S. South America.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 8, Part 4. Solanaceae. Gonçalves AE. 2005

Morphology General
Erect to decumbent, subdichotomously ± branched, perennial herb, (5)14–40 cm high (said to reach 80 cm elsewhere), arising from an elongated cord-like, flexuous, knotted, creeping rhizome, yellowish-green, viscid, ± clothed all over with stalked-stellate 2–3-branched and also somewhat dendritic, spreading hairs of varying size, short in the Flora Zambesiaca area, more dense on new growth, furnished with sessile glands too
Morphology Branches
Branches subterete-angular, striate, scabrid Branches subterete-angular, striate, scabrid.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves solitary or geminate; petiole 0.4–1. 8 cm long, slightly winged, rather sheathing at the base; lamina membranous or papyraceous, 0.9–4.2 × 0.4–2 cm, ovate to lanceolate, occasionally elliptic or obovate to spathulate, base cuneate or attenuate (or elsewhere sometimes ± cordate), and often oblique or unequal-sided, ± decurrent into the petiole, apex obtuse or somewhat acute, occasionally bluntly sub-acuminate, entire to coarsely sinuate-dentate distally (very rarely so in the Flora Zambesiaca area), the teeth unequal, obtuse, the sinuses rounded, densely viscid-hairy, glabrescent Leaves solitary or geminate; petiole 0.4–1.8 cm long, slightly winged, rather sheathing at the base; lamina membranous or papyraceous, 0.9–4.2 × 0.4–2 cm, ovate to lanceolate, occasionally elliptic or obovate to spathulate, base cuneate or attenuate (or elsewhere sometimes ± cordate), and often oblique or unequal-sided, ± decurrent into the petiole, apex obtuse or somewhat acute, occasionally bluntly sub-acuminate, entire to coarsely sinuate-dentate distally (very rarely so in the Flora Zambesiaca area), the teeth unequal, obtuse, the sinuses rounded, densely viscid-hairy, glabrescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicel 10–20 mm long, hairy and glandular, in fruit elongated to 25 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk 0.2–0.3 mm high, fleshy, glabrous Disk 0.2–0.3 mm high, fleshy, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 1. 2–1. 7 × 1. 2–1. 6 mm, ovoid, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 7–9 mm long, filiform, straight or slightly bent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit greenish-yellow to orange, occasionally reddish, subsessile on the invaginated base of the drooping to pendulous calyx, 8 × 7 mm, turbinate or ± globose, viscid Fruit greenish-yellow to orange, occasionally reddish, subsessile on the invaginated base of the drooping to pendulous calyx, 8 × 7 mm, turbinate or ± globose, viscid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds orange, 2 × 1. 8 mm, broadly ovate to suborbicular in outline, reticulate-foveate Seeds orange, 2 × 1.8 mm, broadly ovate to suborbicular in outline, reticulate-foveate.
Note
Common name: “Sticky Gooseberry” or “Sticky Physalis”.
Distribution
ZIM W, MOZ MS A large polymorphic species native to America from the south-eastern and south-central United States southwards throughout Central America and the Antilles to Argentina, occurring as an adventive in Europe and Africa. A weed of cultivation and in disturbe Zimbabwe Mozambique
Morphology General Habit
Erect to decumbent, subdichotomously ± branched, perennial herb, (5)14–40 cm high (said to reach 80 cm elsewhere), arising from an elongated cord-like, flexuous, knotted, creeping rhizome, yellowish-green, viscid, ± clothed all over with stalked-stellate 2–3-branched and also somewhat dendritic, spreading hairs of varying size, short in the Flora Zambesiaca area, more dense on new growth, furnished with sessile glands too.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary, axillary, drooping or nodding; pedicel 10–20 mm long, hairy and glandular, in fruit elongated to 25 mm. Flowers solitary, axillary, drooping or nodding.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 6–8 mm long, 4–6(7) mm across at the base of the lobes, cylindric-campanulate, sub-angled, truncate or invaginated at the base, hairy, and glandular especially towards the base, glabrous inside apart from minute indumentum towards the lobe tips; lobes unequal, 1.8–3 × 1.8–3 mm, ovate or ± triangular, acute or acuminate, ciliate; in fruit ± yellowish when ripe, 17–23 × 15–20 mm, subglobose or ovoid, 10-angled and -ribbed, obtuse distally and acuminate at the summit, half to three-quarters filled by the fruit, with a few minute hairs along the ribs and more dense hairs towards the apex of the lobes, viscid, the lobes 3–5 × 2–3.5 mm and also hairy inside. Calyx 6–8 mm long, 4–6(7) mm across at the base of the lobes, cylindric-campanulate, sub-angled, truncate or invaginated at the base, hairy, and glandular especially towards the base, glabrous inside apart from minute indumentum towards the lobe tips; lobes unequal, 1. 8–3 × 1. 8–3 mm, ovate or ± triangular, acute or acuminate, ciliate; in fruit ± yellowish when ripe, 17–23 × 15–20 mm, subglobose or ovoid, 10-angled and -ribbed, obtuse distally and acuminate at the summit, half to three-quarters filled by the fruit, with a few minute hairs along the ribs and more dense hairs towards the apex of the lobes, viscid, the lobes 3–5 × 2–3.5 mm and also hairy inside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla yellowish or greenish-yellow, blotched with 5 dark purplish (or green) markings ± contrasting with the surrounding limb, 10–15 mm long, subrotate; tube glabrous, on the inside with dense felted indumentum from near the insertion of the stamens to the mouth; limb 10–15 mm across, sinuate or with 5 ± prominent angles, reflexed when fully expanded, hairy outside, glabrous inside, ciliate. Corolla yellowish or greenish-yellow, blotched with 5 dark purplish (or green) markings ± contrasting with the surrounding limb, 10–15 mm long, subrotate; tube glabrous, on the inside with dense felted indumentum from near the insertion of the stamens to the mouth; limb 10–15 mm across, sinuate or with 5 ± prominent angles, reflexed when fully expanded, hairy outside, glabrous inside, ciliate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens slightly exserted, one longer than the other 4, glabrous; filaments 3–5 mm long, filiform, attached to the corolla tube near the base; anthers yellow, 2.5–3 mm long, linear to narrowly ovate-oblong in outline, straight after anthesis. Stamens slightly exserted, one longer than the other 4, glabrous; filaments 3–5 mm long, filiform, attached to the corolla tube near the base; anthers yellow, 2.5–3 mm long, linear to narrowly ovate-oblong in outline, straight after anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 1.2–1.7 × 1.2–1.6 mm, ovoid, glabrous; style 7–9 mm long, filiform, straight or slightly bent.

Native to:

Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Bolivia, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Chile Central, Chile North, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Paraguay, Uruguay

Introduced into:

Algeria, Cape Provinces, Easter Is., Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, New South Wales, Northern Provinces, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Zimbabwe

Physalis viscosa L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Klotzsch [282], Brazil K001071934
s.coll. [s.n.], Brazil K001071932
Hassler, E. [741], Paraguay K001071933
Gaumer, G.F. [1798], Mexico K000042375

First published in Sp. Pl.: 183 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2013). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 5: 1-451. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Garcia-Mendoza, A.J. & Meave, J.A. (eds.) (2012). Diversidad florística de Oaxaca: de musgos a angiospermas (colecciones y listas de especies), ed. 2: 1-351. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Flora Zambesiaca 8(4): 1-124. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Jørgensen, P.M., Nee, M.H. & Beck., S.G. (eds.) (2013). Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 127: 1-1741. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Pretz, C. & Deanna, R. (2020). Typifications and nomenclatural notes on Physalis (Solanaceae) from the United States Taxon 69: 170-192.
  • Purdie, R.W., Symon, D.E. & Haegi, L. (1982). Flora of Australia 29: 1-208. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • Villaseñor, J.L. (2016). Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559-902.
  • Zizka, G. (1991). Flowering plants of Easter island Palmarum Hortus Francofurtensis 3: 1-108.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • A. de Candolle, Prodr. 13, 1: 434 (1852).
  • Grabandt, Weeds of Crops & Gard. South. Afr.: 130 (1985). Described from America.
  • J.M. Gibson, Wild Fl. Natal (Coast. Reg.): 91, t. 91 fig. 3 (1975).
  • Rhodora 69: 102 (1967).
  • Ross, Fl. Natal: 308 (1972).
  • Sp. Pl.: 183 (1753)
  • ed. 2: 262 (1762).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2013). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 5: 1-451. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Forzza, R.C., Zappi, D. & Souza, V.C. (2016-continuously updated). Flora do Brasil 2020 em construção http://reflora.jbrj.gov.br/reflora/listaBrasil/ConsultaPublicaUC/ResultadoDaConsultaNovaConsulta.do.
  • Garcia-Mendoza, A.J. & Meave, J.A. (eds.) (2012). Diversidad florística de Oaxaca: de musgos a angiospermas (colecciones y listas de especies), ed. 2: 1-351. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Flora Zambesiaca 8(4): 1-124. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Jørgensen, P.M., Nee, M.H. & Beck., S.G. (eds.) (2013). Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 127: 1-1741. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Purdie, R.W., Symon, D.E. & Haegi, L. (1982). Flora of Australia 29: 1-208. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • Villaseñor, J.L. (2016). Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559-902.
  • Zizka, G. (1991). Flowering plants of Easter island Palmarum Hortus Francofurtensis 3: 1-108.
  • Zuloaga, F.O., Morrone, O. , Belgrano, M.J., Marticorena, C. & Marchesi, E. (eds.) (2008). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107: 1-3348. Missouri Botanical Garden.

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