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Pakistan | Family List | Solanaceae

5. Physalis L., Sp. Pl. 182. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5.85. 1754; Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:238. 1883; Bailey, Stand. Cyclop. Hort. 5: 2608. 1917; Jafri, Fl. Kar. 297. 1966; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. Reprint. ed. 2:339. 1967; Schoenbeck-Temesy in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 100:24. 1972; Matthew & Rani in Matthew, Fl. Tamilnadu Carnatic, 1:1056. 1983.


Annual or perennial herbs, glabrous to pubescent. Leaves usually alternate, petioled, entire or lobed, texture soft. Flowers solitary. Calyx 5-cleft, enlarged, bladder-like and 3-angled in fruit. Corolla campanulate, white or yellow. Stamens 5, attached near the base of corolla tube. Ovary bilocular. Fruit a globose berry, surrounded by the inflated calyx. Seeds many, compressed.

100 species, mainly Mexico, but also in Europe and Asia. Represented in Pakistan by 3 species, one of which is not a native.

Lower Taxa

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